The replacement of manual property tables by computerized tables is in accordance with EC2000

Kau Fui Vincent Wong

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


The introductory course in thermodynamics is generally taken as one of the core requirements in most engineering programs. The syllabus for the course includes understanding the properties of working fluids. It has been demonstrated over several semesters of teaching that a working knowledge of the properties of these substances is acquired with the help of computerized tables. Hence, the skill of using manual property tables is unnecessary for the understanding of the properties of working fluids. It may still be a convenient skill since there are manual property tables in existence. However, this manual skill should be replaced by the skill to use computerized tables, in the spirit of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) Engineering Criteria 2000 (EC2000), item (k). The choice of using computerized tables is obvious at this time. Computerized tables have a clear place in helping to achieve desired learning outcomes, including items (i) and (k) of EC2000.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-51
Number of pages3
JournalComputers in Education Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

Cite this