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Thermodynamics For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Mike Pauken
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Book Description

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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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

About the Author

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life saving book! 2 Jan. 2013
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I was almost to the point of failing Thermodynamics and didn't understand any of it in my first semester at university, never mind the second semester. This book is honestly the best textbook I have ever bought in my life. The order is logical and takes you seamlessly through the basics first gradually building you up to understand the most complicated of concepts. There are many worked examples with thorough explanations and plenty of diagrams any ways to relate to and engage the reader. This has eliminated all stress about Thermo and has made me actually confident now. It allows you to truly understand whats going on, rather than teach you how to answer a question, or pass an exam, resulting in you being able to apply what you know to any similar problem. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who may be struggling at all in Thermo - you will not regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 30 Mar. 2012
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I was really struggling with thermodynamics on my mechanical engineering Uni course, until I got this book. I had preconceptions that it would be too basic but it is perfect if you have some prior knowledge, and I'm certain my lecturer uses it for some of his lectures! Very helpful and very good, a****
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2.0 out of 5 stars Foggy 20 Feb. 2013
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To my regret I can't agree with the other, positive, reviews. The book didn't help me to get some understanding of thermodynamics. The problem is that formulas keep on dropping out of thin air. At page 176 (of 366 pages) I started looking for a better book, which would explain how you get Pv^k =C (which is the basis of one of the formulas on that page). Luckily I found such a book: "Thermodynamics for Beginners" of R. Shanthini. In that book you learn how to derive all the various thermodynamic formulas from basic formulas like PV=nRT. After reading the clear book of Shantini, the book Michael Pauken keeps on being foggy to me, so at page 192 I decided to stop reading this book altogether.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 15 Nov. 2011
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Thermodynamics for dummies is an exellent introduction to thermodynamics even for a beginning student of engineering. It is written in plain english and leaves you with no guess work. A great beginners guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 16 April 2014
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Very clean and concise book. Step by step approach was extremely clear to follow and was very useful. Excellent reference book as well as a tutorial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thermodynamics For Dummies 25 Feb. 2014
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A very good book. Well written and the examples are better suited to everyday life which makes understanding the concept fat easier
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