CHME 501. Graduate Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers

1. Course number and name

CHME 501. Graduate Thermodynamics for Chemical Engineers

2. Credits and contact hours

3 credit hours = 45 contact hours per semester

3. Instructor’s or course coordinator’s name

Dr. Theodore P. Nelson

4. Text book, title, author, and year

  • Sandler, Stanley I., Chemical, Biochemical, and Engineering Thermodynamics, 4th  edition, John Wiley and Sons, 1999, ISBN 0-471-66174-0.
  • Sandler, Stanley I., An Introduction to Applied Statistical Thermodynamics, John Wiley and Sons, 2010, ISBN 978-0470913475

a. other supplemental materials


5. Specific course information

a. catalog description:  Advanced applications of the first and second law to chemical process systems. The calculus of thermodynamics, equilibrium and stability criteria. Properties relationships for real fluids, both pure materials and mixtures. An introduction to molecular thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Chemical Engineering graduate students must make B or better. 

b. prerequisites: CHME graduate student status co-requisites: none

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

6. Specific goals for the course

a. The student will be able to…

  • Solve problems using the energy balance appropriate for a system (the First Law of Thermodynamics)
  • Solve problems using the entropy balance appropriate for a system (the Second Law of Thermodynamics)
  • Evaluate, manipulate, and use thermodynamic partial derivatives
  • Correctly use thermodynamic property charts, steam tables, and other relations to determine the thermodynamic properties of real substances and mixtures
  • Determine whether a system is at equilibrium and whether it is stable        
  • Understand the thermodynamic relationships governing phase changes
  • Understand the basic relations of statistical thermodynamics and how to apply them

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

  • A review of classical thermodynamics
  • The calculation of thermodynamics properties
  • The calculation of phase equilibria
  • The calculation of chemical equilibria
  • An introduction to statistical mechanics

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: