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Helping Mechanical Engineering Students Master Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics can be one of the most difficult courses in mechanical engineering.  Your knowledge acquired in thermodynamics is essential for other engineering courses, for a successful career, and for the beneficial contributions you'll make to society.  That's why we are providing you with a unique tool that will help you quickly grasp, retain, and master the concepts of thermodynamics.  Published research results of our prior online tool for thermodynamics was shown to improve the average exam scores of 120 students by a letter grade and a half higher than the 480 students that did not use the tool (consistent for each midterm and final).  Today we are proud to offer an even more powerful version of our online tool, called Pathway.  Pathway is the world's first word-problem solver for thermodynamics.  Our goals with Pathway are to help students master thermodynamics, improve their quality of education, reduce engineering dropout rates,  and eventually increase the number of students that consider going into STEM. 

A video and tutorial of Pathway in use can be seen on our VIDEO/EXAMPLE page.


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Pathway Tutorial Software

Most engineering students struggle with thermodynamics more than any other course.  And those that do well would still like to optimize their study time.  We have developed a solution to those challenges.  Our innovative, online word-problem solver offers the immediate assistance that students need whenever they get stuck.  Pathway answers the question: "How do I set up this difficult homework problem, and what path do I take?"  But unlike Office Hours, TAs, or Tutors, Pathway is available to you 24 hours a day / 7 days a week  / via any Web-browsing device.  And unlike static textbook problems or leaked solutions found online, Pathway allows you to create or modify problems to try out what-if scenarios, and enables the right amount of practice you need to strengthen your areas of weakness.  We are confident our tutorial tool will help you improve the productivity of your study time. Get on the path to engineering success with Pathway. 

Pathway Tutorial Software

Improve Your Mastery & Grade in Thermodynamics for Less Than the Cost of One Hour of Tutoring Per Month!



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