CHME 301. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I

1. Course number and name

CHME 301. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I

2. Credits and contact hours

3 credit hours = 45 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

 Dr. Catherine Brewer

4. Text book, title, author, and year

Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, 1/E by KD Dahm and DP Visco ISBN 1-111-58070-7; Cengage Learning (2015)

a. other supplemental materials


5. Specific course information

a. catalog description: Applications of the First Law and Second Law to chemical process systems, especially phase and chemical equilibria and the behavior of real fluids. Development of fundamental thermodynamic property relations and complete energy and entropy balances. 

b. prerequisites: none co-requisites: CHME 201 and MATH 291G

c. required, elective, or selected elective (as per Table 5-1): required

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will…

  1. Use an engineering problem-solving strategy:
    1. Identify the scope of the challenge or problem.
    2. Draw a representation of the physical system.
    3. Compile and evaluate known information about the problem.
    4. Concisely describe what needs to be calculated or what criteria met.
    5. List appropriate assumptions to simplify the problem.
    6. Compile relevant property values and sources of information.
    7. Apply conservation laws and rate equations.
    8. Calculate solutions to equations in general terms and with numerical values.
    9. Use estimation to check reasonableness of assumptions and solutions.
  2. Define system boundaries.
  3. Calculate the heat energy requirement for a chemical or physical process.
  4. Solve problems using an appropriate energy balance.
  5. Calculate the work requirement for a chemical or physical process.
  6. Solve problems using the appropriate entropy balance.
  7. Formulate and use ordinary and partial differential equations to solve thermodynamics problems.
  8. Determine equilibrium conditions for chemical species transfer between phases (i.e. boiling, melting, freezing, etc.).
  9. Estimate property values for a chemical species at a given state (i.e. temperature, pressure, molar volume, etc.).
  10. Communicate thermodynamic concepts in the context of phase change and energy conversion processes, such as refrigeration, engines, and electricity production.
  11. Describe what changes about thermochemical properties when more than one chemical species is present (i.e. in mixtures).

b. Criterion 3 Student Outcomes specifically addressed by this course are found in a mapping of outcomes against all CHME courses in the curriculum.

7. Brief list of topics to be covered

  • mass balances
  • energy balances
  • energy conversions
  • entropy balances
  • 0th, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Laws of Thermodynamics
  • thermodynamic cycles
  • refrigeration/liquefaction
  • engines
  • turbines
  • partial differential equations
  • thermodynamic models
  • equations of state
  • phase equilibria for pure compounds
  • properties of mixing

Common Syllabus Addendum

The NMSU Department of Chemical Engineering maintains a syllabus addendum containing course requirements common to all courses with the CH E prefix online.  This document is accessible from the URL: