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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Schaum's Outlines; 2 edition (1 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071611673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071611671
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 2 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Merle Potter, Ph.D., taught engineering for 42 years at Michigan Tech, the University of Michigan, and Michigan State University.

Craig W. Somerton, Ph.D., is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Michigan State University.

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By Marine Engineer on 19 Jan. 2013
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Several of the worked examples use Imperial units which needlessly complicates the subject matter. The UK has been metric since 1971!! Otherwise the text and clear diagrams are helpful.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Reorganized and expanded version of a great outline 22 July 2006
By calvinnme - Published on
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I found the first edition of the Schaum's outline on Thermodynamics to be quite helpful and complete. Like several other Schaum's outlines it can double as an inexpensive textbook on the subject due to the completeness of the accompanying lecture that comes with each chapter. There are plenty of equations, good illustrations, and excellent worked example problems. The main difference between this second and the first edition is that the material is basically the same, just reorganized in its presentation to flow more naturally for the uninitiated student. Also, the author has more solved problems and has added some sample quizzes. If you already have the first edition and use it as a reference, it is probably not worth it to upgrade to the second edition since the educational content is the same. However, if you are a student who is studying thermodynamics for the first time, definitely get the second edition because it does flow better than the first and the sample quizzes will probably be helpful to you. Also, if you are a student, this outline will be helpful to you because the vast majority of textbooks on thermodynamics are awful. Either they take a very theoretical approach and neglect worked numerical examples or they take an oversimplistic viewpoint and have only very simple examples that you would never encounter in industry.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Resource 19 Dec. 2009
By David A. Nuss - Published on
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I have been a full-time and adjunct professor for 41 years. This is an excellent text/resource for all thermodynamics students. One could teach the entire first semester and portions of follow-on courses from this text. Material is clearly and logically explained. If left to select a text for the first thermo course, and in consideration of student budgets, I would use this as the basic text and supplement with copies of my lecture notes. Of course, at some point, the practicing engineer would want to acquire a copy of Cengel and Boles. Delivery from Amazon was fast!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Israel Rodriguez - Published on
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I love Schaum's Outlines, I believe the series writers have done more for my academic careers than my professors and their respective "recommended" texts. This book, like others of the series, is simply problem after problem. You will know your stuff if you practice with this book. Be aware that I did mention that this book is more helpful than my professors and their "recommended" textbooks, but that still doesn't mean you should simply study from this one text. It is to be used in conjunction with other learning materials.

Doing so will really prepare you, especially if you are like a person like me that complains about never having enough examples/practice problems. Well... let's just say that after buying and using this book, you'll wish you had enough time to go through all the practice problems. Seriously, there are a LOT OF PRACTICE PROBLEMS.

The best part about the Schaum's Outlines series is that each section starts of easy to test/teach the basics. Don't feel like you are being thrown into a pool without knowing how to swim.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Very Useful Study Aid 15 Oct. 2009
By Timothy S. Newell - Published on
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This is a really useful study aid for Thermodynamics. The explanations are thorough enough that it follows just about any textbook, and easy enough to understand. The example problems are also very helpful, and cut down my time on doing homework problems. Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent tutor book for Thermo 16 Jun. 2013
By Jennifer P - Published on
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I bought this book because I felt I was underperforming in my undergraduate thermo class. This was a very large class and no As on the first exam. I didn't think my main textbook was that great in explaining to the beginner. I'm quick to catch on if the book is written to the appropriate level.

This little book was a gem. It has many practice problems and explanations that bring the concepts together. This helped me when I was faced with a new problem in the exam and didn't know how to approach it. My class allowed open-book tests, so I brought this book with me and tabbed the important pages. I think what was most helpful were the amount of practice problems that can help you understand the concepts better. This will help you be able to tackle the vast array of homework and exam problems that you may have to solve. It also has a bunch of example FE exam problems.
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