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Differences Between Different Thermo Classes

  1. Dec 31, 2013 #1
    Also sorry if you feel this is in the wrong place. I was unsure where to put it. I was wondering what the main differences in content/way problems are solved in Mechanical Engineering Thermodynamics, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Thermodynamics of Materials ( for MSE), Thermal Physics, and the Thermodynamics part of Physical Chemistry. I'm asking this partly due to curiosity and partly since I'm taking Physical Chemistry this upcoming semester and considering taking (Mechanical Engineering) Thermodynamics over the summer.Thank you for taking the time to read this and hopefully for answering.
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  3. Jan 5, 2014 #2
    I've taken all the courses you mentioned (changed major many times trying to decide on a career). You need to check with your university on course prerequisites and corequisites. Generally Physical Chemistry only requires basic chemistry semesters (2 or 3 classes). Mechanical Engineering Thermo usually has many more. Physical Chemistry is more fundamental and much easier. ME Thermo is often a two semester class getting more involved with engines, refrigeration, combustion, and engineering applications. It can vary quite a bit from school to school though.
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