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Prerequisite knowledge for intro thermodyanmics

  1. Aug 10, 2011 #1

    I'm taking my first ME course in thermodynamics this fall (two or so weeks away), and was just a little curious if these intro courses are generally self-contained, or if the brief introduction to thermo found in physics I will play a pivotal role (or mechanics, as a whole)...

    edit: sophomore undergraduate course ^^

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  3. Aug 10, 2011 #2


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    Generally a thermodynamics course will have prerequisites of vector calculus, freshman chemistry, and intermediate physics.
  4. Aug 10, 2011 #3
    I believe it depends on where you take it as well as the instructor but if you know all necessary mathematics and chemistry prerequisite information then you should be perfectly fine. I went into thermo I with just the prerequisites and I've never learned so much in one class before (except maybe some mathematics courses, but it's hard to say).
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