Does this sound like VERY basic Thermodynamics (course description included)

In summary, the conversation is about the possibility of adding a Thermodynamics class to a busy semester and whether it would be too challenging to take with other technical courses. The class is described as a basic introduction to thermodynamics, with three hours of lectures and two hours of tutorials per week. The person asking for advice mentions already having a packed semester with courses such as ODE, Statics, Environmental Engineering Principles, and Ethics/Responsibility of an Engineer. The response is that it is doable to take the Thermodynamics class with ODE and Statics, as long as those are the only other technical courses.
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I plan on adding a 5th class to my semester (which is already quite packed), however I was wondering if this sounded like the Thermodynamics class that everyone on PF always complains about:

"ENGR 251 Thermodynamics I (3 credits)
Prerequisite: MATH 203 (Cegep Mathematics
103 [Calculus 1]). Basic principles of thermodynamics and
their application to various systems composed
of pure substances and their homogeneous
non-reactive mixtures. Simple power production
and utilization cycles. Lectures: three hours per
week. Tutorial: two hours per week."

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It sounds very much like my first semester thermodynamics course. I don't see anything particularly wrong with it, although it won't go into a ton of detail. Of course, no introductory course (on pretty much any topic) will, so I don't see that as a problem. If you really want an understanding of thermodynamics, you'll probably need at least another semester of it after that course, but it looks like a decent introduction.
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Would you say it would be overkill to pack it into a semester with ODE and Statics?
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ZenOne said:
Would you say it would be overkill to pack it into a semester with ODE and Statics?

That depends on what else you're taking, but if those are your only other technical courses, not at all. I took my first semester thermo course simultaneously with DiffEQ/linear algebra and statics (and one other course I don't remember), and it was completely doable.
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Other courses include Environmental Engineering Principles and Ethics/Responsibility of an Engineer.
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Thank you for your input BTW.

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