Abstract

We present a new approach to teaching the core thermal/fluids curriculum for undergraduate programs in engineering. Traditional thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer classes are being replaced with two integrated courses and a laboratory in which the three disciplines are taught simultaneously to show interconnections and transferability of concepts and ideas, with an emphasis on the way they occur in engineering practice. This approach seeks to improve both the context and manner in which the subject matter is covered. Our goals are to enhance the physical intuition of our students, to stimulate their ability to think critically and synthesize information, and to make clearer the relevance of the fundamentals to advanced analytical and computational tools.

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