ESE 112. Thermodynamics by Case Study

Fundamental concepts and formalisms of conservation of energy and increase of entropy as applied to natural and engineered environmental and biological systems. Pedagogical approach is to start with real-world observations and applications, extracting the underlying fundamentals of thermodynamics from these.

Notes: ESE 112 is also offered as EPS 112. Students may not take both for credit. Undergraduate engineering students should enroll in ESE 112. Total class capacity of 18 includes students in both ESE 112 and EPS 112.

Enrollment in this course is limited to 18 students and will be determined by a lottery if interest exceeds the limit.
• For the lottery, please send an email to me ( with your rationale for taking the course.
• You must attend class on January 22 to be eligible for the lottery.
• Students wishing to enroll in this course must enter the lottery by 8 am on Tuesday, January 23, by adding the course to your Crimson Cart in and requesting enrollment permission.
• You will be notified about whether you may enroll in this course by 5 pm on Tuesday, January 23.
• Students who are not selected by the lottery will be waitlisted.









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