Thermodynamics is an integral part of an engineers curriculum. Thermodynamics, summarized, is pretty simple: it is a study of how different types of energy such as heat, mechanical, electrical, etc., interact with each other.
When I first found out I needed to take Thermodynamics, I wasn’t the happiest guy around. But now that I’ve gotten two weeks of classes down, I’m beginning to appreciate the importance of the class.
While not the most challenging in terms of memorizing formulas and solving complicated problems, thermodynamics helps you gain an understanding of how energy creates work, one of the simplest concepts in physics.
And although I hate heat diagrams and anything that even remotely has to do with Chemistry, it’s important to understand why you have to take certain classes. Lehigh’s College of Engineering didn’t get its reputation by clowning around and forcing students to take useless classes.