Thermodynamics For Dummies

Thermodynamics For Dummies

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Take some heat off the complexity of thermodynamics Does the mere thought of thermodynamics make you sweat? It doesn't have to! This hands-on guide helps you score your highest in a thermodynamics course by offering easily understood, plain-English explanations of how energy is used in things like automobiles, airplanes, air conditioners, and electric power plants.
* Thermodynamics 101 take a look at some examples of both natural and man-made thermodynamic systems and get a handle on how energy can be used to perform work * Turn up the heat discover how to use the first and second laws of thermodynamics to determine (and improve upon) the efficiency of machines * Oh, behave get the 411 on how gases behave and relate to one another in different situations, from ideal-gas laws to real gases * Burn with desire find out everything you need to know about conserving mass and energy in combustion processes Open the book and find: * The laws of thermodynamics * Important properties and their relationships * The lowdown on solids, liquids, and gases * How work and heat go handin hand * The cycles that power thermodynamic processes * Chemical mixtures and reactions * Ten pioneers in thermodynamics * Real-world applications of thermodynamic laws and concepts Learn to: * Master the concepts and principles of thermodynamics * Develop the problem-solving skills used by professional engineers * Ace your thermodynamics course
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 189 x 236 x 22mm | 510g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1118002911
  • 9781118002919
  • 162,452

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Covering the Basics in Thermodynamics 7 Chapter 1: Thermodynamics in Everyday Life 9 Chapter 2: Laying the Foundation of Thermodynamics 15 Chapter 3: Working with Phases and Properties of Substances 39 Chapter 4: Work and Heat Go Together Like Macaroni and Cheese 57 Part II: Employing the Laws of Thermodynamics 75 Chapter 5: Using the First Law in Closed Systems 77 Chapter 6: Using the First Law in Open Systems 91 Chapter 7: Governing Heat Engines and Refrigerators with the Second Law 111 Chapter 8: Entropy Is the Demise of the Universe 123 Chapter 9: Analyzing Systems Using the Second Law of Thermodynamics 145 Part III: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Making Heat Work for You 165 Chapter 10: Working with Carnot and Brayton Cycles 167 Chapter 11: Working with Otto and Diesel Cycles 197 Chapter 12: Working with Rankine Cycles 221 Chapter 13: Cooling Off with Refrigeration Cycles 243 Part IV: Handling Thermodynamic Relationships, Reactions, and Mixtures 265 Chapter 14: Understanding the Behavior of Real Gases 267 Chapter 15: Mixing Gases That Don t React with Each Other 277 Chapter 16: Burning Up with Combustion 303 Part V: The Part of Tens 325 Chapter 17: Ten Famous Names in Thermodynamics 327 Chapter 18: Ten More Cycles of Note 331 Appendix: Thermodynamic Property Tables 341 Index 351
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About Mike Pauken

Michael Pauken, PhD, is a senior mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an operating division of the California Institute of Technology, where he also teaches courses on thermodynamics and heat transfer.
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