Basic Thermodynamics

Paperback | June 1, 1994

byGerald Carrington

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It is well known that thermodynamics presents students with particular difficulties. They find the concepts evasive and the methods obscure. These problems arise because it is traditional to emphasize at the outset how general thermodynamics is. Unfortunately, when ideas are introduced inan unspecific context they fail to make contact with the student's experience - such ideas do not become part of the physical intuition of the student.In this introductory text the subject is developed in stages beginning with the basic notions, which are illustrated using an ideal gas as a model system. The generalization of these concepts is achieved first using the classical laws of thermodynamics and second using the formalism of Gibbs toprovide a systematic introduction to the thermodynamic potentials. Work processes on polarizable media subject to electric and magnetic fields are discussed and transformations of matter, including phase change processes and chemical reactions, are treated in detail. The book contains many workedexamples, and approximately 250 questions, which are keyed to the text. The questions include traditional and applied topics, and longer questions have been programmed to guide the student.

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It is well known that thermodynamics presents students with particular difficulties. They find the concepts evasive and the methods obscure. These problems arise because it is traditional to emphasize at the outset how general thermodynamics is. Unfortunately, when ideas are introduced inan unspecific context they fail to make conta...

Gerald Carrington is at Otago University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:396 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:June 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198517475

ISBN - 13:9780198517474

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The ideal gas temperature3. Processes in ideal gas systems4. Entropy of an ideal gas5. Zeroth and first laws6. The second law7. Reversible and irreversible work surfaces8. Electric and magnetic work processes9. The Gibbs formulation10. The potentials11. Equations of state12. Transformations of matterAppendix A, B, and CAnswers to questionsReferencesIndex

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'The book manifests a high degree of didactic ability and can be seen as a broadening of the spectum of basic thermodynamic textbooks. It is embellished with many practical and theoretical questions which enable the reader to test and deepen his level of knowledge at all times. The book is tobe recommended for the beginner but also, because of many differentially treated subjects, for the expert.'Physikalische Blatter, Vol. 51, Issue 1 January 1995