Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CMET 212
Course Title:
Thermodynamics I
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Course Description

Covers principles of classical thermodynamics. Develops understanding of mass, energy, heat, work, efficiency, ideal and real thermodynamic cycles and processes. Teaches first and second laws of thermodynamics, perfect gas law, properties of real gases, and the general energy equation for closed and open systems. Prerequisites: CMET 131, CMET 122 and CH 104. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:  

1.   Understand and correctly use thermodynamic terminology.

2.   Define the concepts of heat, work, and energy.

3.   Explain fundamental thermodynamic properties.

4.   Develop the General Energy Equation.

5.   Derive and discuss the first law of thermodynamics.

6.   Understand the properties and relationships of thermodynamic fluids.

7.   Analyze basic thermodynamic cycles.

8.   Develop and discuss the second law of thermodynamics.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Student progress will be measured by performance on homework and on objective mid-term examinations covering appropriate types of problems.   A comprehensive final exam will also be administered. 

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1.  Students must have a sound understanding of thermodynamic fundamentals before studying there application in Thermodynamics II.

2.  Thermodynamic principles are abstract, and require in depth study to comprehend.

3.  The understanding of thermodynamic properties and processes will assist students in other related coursework.


1.      Introduction to thermodynamics.

2.      Concept of energy.

3.      First law of thermodynamics.

4.      Evaluating thermodynamic properties.

5.      Control volume analysis.

6.      Second law of thermodynamics.

7.      Concepts of entropy.

Competencies and Skills:

Students will be able to:

1.      Discuss the use of boundaries in open and closed systems.

2.      Define the meaning of the state of a working substance.

3.      Understand concepts of heat, work, and energy.

4.      Explain basic thermodynamic properties and units.

5.      Develop and apply the continuity equation for open and closed systems.

6.      Derive and discuss the first law of thermodynamics.

7.      Explain properties of solids, liquids, and vapors.

8.      Use thermodynamic diagrams.

9.      Discuss basic thermodynamic cycles and systems.

10. Apply the second law of thermodynamics to thermal cycles.