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Thermodynamics for Dummies


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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

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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