Energy, Entropy and Engines : an Introduction to Thermodynamics

Energy, Entropy and Engines: an Introduction to Thermodynamics 

Sanjeev Chandra

Preference :

This book is a text for teaching a one‐semester, introductory engineering thermodynamics course. Its most important goal is to make students understand the meaning of fundamental concepts such as energy, entropy, equilibrium, and reversibility, which form the foundation of engineering science. It uses simple, direct language and relies on physical rather than abstract, mathematical definitions. Every new concept is introduced starting from first principles, and only after explaining why it is necessary. Thermodynamics is different from most other engineering courses, in that it expects students to grasp an entirely new concept, entropy, which they have never encountered before. Traditional thermodynamics texts resort to giving a purely mathematical definition of entropy, and students learn to use the property for solving problems without ever forming a physical picture of what it means. This book introduces entropy by combining macroscopic definitions with statistical descriptions based on the energy distribution of molecules. Readers are not expected to learn statistical mechanics but use analogies to acquire an intuitive grasp of the concept of entropy and understand why the second law of thermodynamics is a result of the laws of probability.

Energy, Entropy and Engines: an Introduction to Thermodynamics

Content :
  • Introduction: A Brief History of Thermodynamics
  • Concepts and Definitions
  • Thermodynamic System Properties
  • Energy and the First Law of Thermodynamics
  • Entropy
  • The Second Law of Thermodynamics
  • Phase Equilibrium
  • Ideal Heat Engines and Refrigerators
  • Vapour Power and Refrigeration Cycles
  • Gas Power Cycles
  • Appendices

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