Understanding Thermodynamics

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Courier Dover Publications, 1969 - Science - 103 pages
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Grappling with the first and second laws of thermodynamics can test the intellectual mettle of even the most dedicated student of the physical sciences. Approaching the subject for the first time may raise more queries and doubts than are usually handled in the basic, straightforward textbook.
Based on a series of lectures delivered to 500 sophomore engineering students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Van Neer's clear, lucid treatment is readily comprehensible by undergraduate-level science and engineering students. His language is informal, his examples are vivid and lively, his perspective is fresh. This book, a companion to a basic textbook, discusses thermodynamics, a topic of profound importance in the study of physics, in a manner which elucidates fundamental concepts and demonstrates their practical applicability.
In these increasingly energy-conscious and costly times, as traditional energy sources are being depleted and revolutionary new sources are contemplated, appreciating the consequences of the laws of thermodynamics is more than a fascinating avenue of intellectual inquiry: it is a pragmatic concern imperative to all students, scientists, engineers, technicians, politicians, businessmen, and anyone facing the energy challenges of the future. Here is help understanding concepts which will prove all-important in the next century.
Dr. H. C. Van Ness is a distinguished professor of chemical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and co-author of several textbooks on thermodynamics. He is an unsurpassed as an expert in the field.

  

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User Review  - Dave - Goodreads

This is an excellent introduction to thermodynamics. It is concise and light on math. I think this book is a good choice for anyone who is interesting in learning the basic concepts of thermodynamics. The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction by Peter Atkins is excellent as well. Read full review

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Contents

Energy ConservationThe First Law of Thermodynamics
1
The Concept of Reversibility
15
Heat Engines
26
Power Plants
41
The Second Law of Thermodynamics
50
More on the Second Law
67
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
79
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