State University of New York at Buffalo

mae 204 Thermodynamics

Summer 2010


Time and Location:

Lecture: M, W, F 11:00 1:10 4 Knox Hall



Mr. James Wulf

325 Jarvis Hall



Office hours: 9:0010:45 Monday, 1:20-3:00 Wednesday

and anytime by appointment..


Rati Jain


Text Book:

Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, sixth edition

Yunus A. Cengel and Michael A. Boles.



The course will be taught using both SI and English units.


Course Outline:

Chapter 1 Concepts

Thermodynamic system, properties, state point, process, cycle, heat, work.

Thermodynamic Problem Solving Technique


Chapter 2 Heat and Work

Work in non-flow, steady flow and unsteady systems.

Adiabatic Process. First Law


Chapter 3 Fluid Properties

Real gases steam, air, refrigerant tables

Ideal gases

Equations of state Engineering Equation Solver CD in Text


Chapter 4 Closes System Analysis

Heat and work in closed non-flow, open flow and unsteady flow systems.


Chapter 5 Open System Analysis


Chapter 6 Second Law

Statement and Corollaries

Heat Engines

Reversible engines and refrigerators

Carnot Cycle


Chapter 7 Entropy

Second Law and heat engines

The entropy property

Isentropic process

Entropy change calculation


Chapter 8 Exergy



Chapter 9 Gas Power Cycles

Brayton ( gas turbine) Cycle

Otto (spark ignition) Cycle

Diesel Cycle

Chapter 10 Vapor Power Cycles

Rankine (steam power) reheat, superheat and regeneration cycles.



Chapter 11 RefrigerationCycles

Vapor Compression Cycle

Heat Pumps

Reversed Brayton Cycle






Homework 10%

Best 3 of 4 quizzes 10%

Midterm exams 40%

Final 40%



Grades will be converted to a T score by the following formula,


T-score = (Exam Score- Class Mean)/ Class Standard Deviation





1.2 or higher


1.0 to 1.199


.8 to.999


0.4 to .799


0.2 to .399


0.0 to .199


-.4 to -.001


-.6 to -.399


-.8 to -.599


-1.0 to -.799


-1.0 or less
















There will be

4 quizzes, a midterm exams and a final.

The 4 quizzes will be unannounced. The lowest quiz grade will be excluded.

All exams are open book, closed notes, closed homework.

Course notes for the coming week will be posed on the course web site on Friday.

Homework is due on Monday in class or my office before 6:30 PM.


Integrity Policy:


There is nothing more dishonorable for an engineer, short of his work causing loss of life or property, than to present the work of another as his own. This can happen in patent applications, reports, presentations, and technical papers. Dishonesty in course work is the start of this slippery slope that ends in news stories such as we have seen reported last year or worse. Pressure may be felt in school however it is more difficult, not easier, to maintain integrity in practice.


Presenting course work of another as your own will result in a reduction in grade usually to an F.