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A Thermodynamics Short Course for a Summer Outreach Program

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Outreach, Engagement, and Undergraduate Research

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Mechanical Engineering

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25.115.1 - 25.115.18



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Natalie Barrett Purdue University, West Lafayette

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Natalie Barrett is a mechanical engineering Ph.D. student at Purdue University and is interested in renewable energy. Barrett received a B.S.M.E. from Florida State University, a M.S.M.E. from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a M.B.A. from Indiana University. She has taught at Wentworth Institute of Technology as an Adjunct Professor. She has also worked in industry at Pratt & Whitney for several years and served in roles such as Integrated Product Team Leader and Affordability and Risk Manager for the F135 Engine Program.

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A Thermodynamics Short Course for a Summer Outreach ProgramThis paper outlines a summer four week course that was designed for minority sophomoreengineering students. This course centered on enduring understandings of thermodynamics suchas the first and second laws. The course also connected the relevant thermodynamic concepts tostudents’ prior understanding of physics (i.e. conservation of energy) and chemistry (i.e. idealgas law). Finally, the course aligned pedagogy, assessment, and content. The design of thecourse, course outcomes, and future improvements will be discussed.

Barrett, N. (2012, June), A Thermodynamics Short Course for a Summer Outreach Program Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20875

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