There are two different versions of 2.006 being taught this Spring. This version is the 'old' or 'classic' version that has been offered the past two years at M.I.T. and is a logical follow-up or companion course to the version of 2.005 that was taught before Fall 1997. As part of the ongoing undergraduate curriculum reform in Mechanical Engineering, Professor Cravalho is teaching a 'new' version of 2.006 which is intimately integrated with the version of 2.005 that was presented in the Fall 1997, and should only be taken by students who took that course.
The guiding pedagogical principle behind this currciulum reform in thermal-fluid science, is that fluid mechanics, heat transfer and thermodynamics are intimately connected to each other, and that the material should be presented as such (for example, the common dorm room 'cube refrigerator' relies on the thermodynamics of the 'Rankine cycle' to provide refrigeration, but the design of the actual mechanical system that implements this cycle relies on the calculation of the heat transfer from the cooling fins and coils and pressure changes of the refrigerant in the metal tubing and compressor).
The precise way that these three subjects should be combined is the matter of much ongoing debate amongst the ME faculty. The present course structure reflects one possible implementation of an integrated curriculum in the thermofluid sciences, in which the concept of conduction (a mode of heat transfer that doesn't rely on any fluid motion) is blended into a study of thermodynamic principles and applications, whilst convection (a mode of heat transfer that is directly coupled to fluid motion) is introduced as part of a traditional course in fluid mechanics.
Professor Gareth McKinley
office hours: Thurs 2-4
Teaching Assistant: Helen Liu
office hours: Mon 3-4, Tues 11-12, Thurs 10-11
Time and Place
Lecture: MWF 1-2
Recitation: Wed 2-3
Fay, James A., Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, MIT Press
If you want to look up the text on the web, the address is http://curricula.mit.edu/~2006/Textbook/toc2.html.
30% 2 Quizzes (15% each)
40% Final Exam
Problem sets will be assigned every Friday and will be due the following Friday. Turn in late homework to Helen. For homework that is turned in late, there is an automatic 15% deduction for each day after its due date. Hard copies of worked out solutions will be distributed in class. We will try our best to return homework and pass out hard copy solutions the following week. Working with other students is allowed, but solutions must be written up independently. Copied homeworks will not be accepted.
If you want to look at homeworks, see
Graded homeworks that have not been picked up and solution sets are in the 2.006 file of room 3-250.
There will be 2 quizzes and 1 final three-hour examination. For the quizzes, you will be allowed to bring in 2 sides of notes in your own handwriting. The final will be open notes, open book.
The final exam is on Thursday, May 21 from 9-12 am in the Dupont Gym.
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