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Fundamentals of Thermodynamics with CD Paperback – 2002

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For the past three decades, Sonntag, Borgnakke, and Van Wylen's FUNDAMENTALS OF THERMODYNAMICS has been the leading textbook in the field. Now updated and enhanced with numerous worked examples, homework problems, and illustrations, and a rich selection of Web-based learning resources, the new Sixth Edition continues to present a comprehensive and rigorous treatment of classical thermodynamics, while retaining an engineering perspective. The text lays the groundwork for subsequent studies in fields such as fluid mechanics, heat transfer and statistical thermodynamics, and prepares students to effectively apply thermodynamics in the practice of engineering. Contents same as US/UK editions.

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My most used thermodynamics reference 4 Oct 2006
By John R. Keller - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Over the past twenty-five years, I have used this book (or its earlier editions) as a student, teaching assistant, adjunct professor and as a practicing engineer and have found that I used this book more than the dozen or so books that I have on thermodynamics. This introductory book on thermodynamics contains many chapters devoted to the basic principles such as defining the state and the definition and determination of work. Later chapters include cycles, combustion, equilibrium and compressible flow. It is a very valuable reference for anyone involved in thermodynamics, because it contains a good overview of all the major topics and concerns.

Some of the reviews provided by current students are appropriate. The authors sometime assume that the first-time reader has a much stronger background than they do and or that can remember everything in the previous chapters. As a result, the sample problems are lacking in a detailed explanation of the concepts leaving the reader confused; however, once the reader understands thermodynamics, these sample problems can be a great help.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An OK reference 1 Aug 2008
By Paul Mosier - Published on
Format: Hardcover
After using this book for one semester of thermodynamics I didn't really feel like I had a good handle on the material. There is far too much superfluous information in this book to make it thicker. Some of the sections I found to be unnecessary, especially the first chapter. The only redeeming qualities of the book are the exhaustive thermo tables and the great deal of homework problems at the back of each chapter. As a student, you might want a book which lays down the concepts before jumping so quickly to practice.
13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
not for undergrads 9 Oct 2005
By Kyle League - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book assumes you memorize everything they say once. In an example in chapter six, they went from V/2 to V/2 x 788 x 37.12 without saying why, without using symbols to show what the numbers represent, without even including units to help you figure out what they are doing. It turned out to be a conversion mentioned on a page in a chapter, not in any of the tables or indexes for conversion. Trying to follow their train of thought is like trying to walk up a flight of stairs with three foot high steps.
17 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Buy another book 24 Feb 2004
By Barman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is so hard for an undergrad to understand, don't buy this book! Teachers like it because it has a lot of problems to solve but these guys could not describe how to turn out a light and make it understandable much less Thermo. I had the misfortune of having this as our book in college and I absolutely hated the book. The book is not readable and the example problems are few and poorly written. This book turned combined with a washout class mentality of my professor made the class torture.
There are many others that are much better. I would recommend Cengal and Boles, Moran, Ka Fu Wong (CRC) and Pauken (Dummies) book over this one. The first two are quite long but are readable; the other two are relatively short and to the point.
I have recently read Thermo for Dummies and it is probably the best thermo introductory text out there. Dummies is only 339 pages and very clear explanation of thermo. Pauken lacks practice problems but is very clear and readable. I would by Schaum's for the problems and this one for the explanation of thermo.
I also recommend CRC's Thermo book by Ka Fu Wong once you have a basic understanding of thermo. It's more for practicing engineers but a very good read. Wong is has a great approach starting with the open system and working to closed system. Wong is also geared to the working engineer but an undergrad would have no problem with it.
I also recommend Adrian Begean books for Grad students as they are very readable and yet keep the rigor required by Grad School.

We must make sure no one else is tortured by this book.
Required for my Thermodynamics engineering class 27 Oct 2009
By Garden_lover - Published on
Format: Paperback
At first I didn't like the class because the professor was really boring and didn't care about explaining to students properly. But the book has lots of useful examples and questions that help you understand the important concepts. It's an important class that you have got to know in high-level physics classes later on in your studies. Pretty good book.
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