Today I wanted to talk about a class I’m really missing this semester! The class is CHE 330: Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, taught by Professor Shing.
Since the time I arrived at USC, I’d been hearing about Thermo, and how hard it would be and how it was a make-or-break class, so I had been waiting for this class for some time. Actually taking the class though was honestly so much fun. The professor did an amazing job and talked about the material in a fresh, conceptual way which made the lectures cerebral and interesting. She also liked to pepper in great life advice in the form of thermodynamics!
The homeworks were extremely immersive. We would get a few problems each week, but the problems were complex enough to feel like a puzzle. Some of my favorite memories from last semester involve being grouped together with my ChemE friends trying to figure out the right approach to a problem, and arguing back and forth about if we could use ideal approximations, or if one-parameter Margules applied. The material is so foreign when you begin that it became fun to start talking in these completely new terms, and sounding alien to anyone not within the major.
This class really gave me a taste of what Chemical Engineering could be like, showed me how fun working on tough homeworks could be, and got me a lot closer to other people within my major. On top of that, I also feel like I learned the most from this class because it’s a lot of information and to do well in the class it’s necessary to immerse yourself in the material. I can honestly say this is the class that solidified the major I wanted, because at the end of the day it was challenging, interesting, and just plain fun!