TeachersSHINOTAKE, AkihikoStaffInfo
Grade, SemesterYear 2 1st semest [Department of Mechanical and Precision System, Faculty of Science and Engineering]
CategoryBasic Major Subjects
Elective, CreditsRequisites 2credit
 Syllabus Number1C201

Course Description

In this series of lectures, students learn the basic items, objectives and targets of thermodynamics, units, heat energy and work, entropy, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, enthalpy, thermodynamic process of ideal gas, cycles and efficiency of heat engines, and combustion of fuel.

Course Objectives

Thermodynamics is the study about the energy transform and transfer and is the one of the basic sciences for the investigation of the natural phenomena.
The objective of this course is to understand the basic principles, the law of thermodynamics and thermal efficiency and the heat cycle of each type of thermal engine.

Grading Policy

Students will be evaluated based on periodic test (90%) and report assignment (10%). It is necessary to attend more than 2/3 in order to qualify for regular examination. The submitted reports will be corrected and returned.

Textbook and Reference

TextbookThe thermodynamics to be learned for the first time Takanori Saito, Kazuhiro Hamaguchi, Koichi Hirata, Ohmsha


We assume that you understand physics, chemistry and mathematics of high school and university first year. Always read the textbook of the next lesson described in the first part of the class contents, note down the part which you don’t understand (about 1.5 hours), and attend class. After class, review the points you learned, organize your notes and solve the exercises as suggested (about 1 - 2 hours). Please submit the assignment as a report at the beginning of the next lesson. The contents of the assignment will also be posted on LMS.


Please bring a scientific calculator because you may be doing exercises during class. Depending on the degree of comprehension, the progress may go back and forth. So, we will specifically suggest you the review subject and the next preparatory range at each lesson.


1Thermal equipment and thermodynamics
[Preparation] Read through the first chapter of the textbook (p. 1-12), clarify the points that can not be understood and come to class.
[Review] Solving exercises 1.1 to 1.4 on p.12 and submitting it as a report at the start of the next lesson.
2Thermal energy utilization technology (1) (thermal energy source, heat transfer)
3Thermal energy utilization technology (2) (chemical reaction of combustion)
4Thermal energy utilization technology (3) (combustion calculation)
5Thermal Energy and Work (1) (pressure change and work)
6Thermal Energy and Work (2) (temperature and entropy)
7Status and change of energy (1) (state and change of substance)
8State and change of energy (2) (law of thermodynamics)
9State and change of energy (3) (change and flow of energy)
10State change of ideal gas (1) (state equation, internal energy)
11State change of ideal gas (2) (enthalpy, entropy)
12Engine cycle (1) (engine type)
13Engine cycle (2) (Carnot cycle, car cycle)
14Engine cycle (3) (gas turbine, other cycles)
15Summary and Review
[Practice] We ask the representatives to write the answers for several problems on the blackboard separately, and explain.