Concise Thermodynamics

Concise Thermodynamics

Principles and Applications in Physical Science and Engineering

2nd Edition - January 1, 2008

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  • Author: Jeremy Dunning-Davies
  • eBook ISBN: 9780857099389

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This one-semester course text introduces basic principles of thermodynamics and considers a variety of applications in science and engineering. The modern coverage is compact yet self-contained and holistic, with adequate material in a concise and economically-priced book for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates reading for first and higher degrees, and for professionals in research and industry. The mathematical prerequisite is an understanding of partial differentiation.

Key Features

  • Introduces basic principles of thermodynamics and considers a variety of applications in science and engineering
  • The modern coverage is compact yet self-contained and holistic, with adequate and concise material

Readership

Advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals in research and industry

Table of Contents

  • 1: Introduction

    2: The Zeroth Law

    • Exercises A

    3: The First Law

    • Some Applications of the First Law
    • Exercises B

    4: The Second Law

    • Exercises C

    5: The Second Law and Non-static Processes.

    6: The Third Law.

    7: Extension to open and non-equilibrium systems.

    8: Thermodynamic cycles.

    • Exercises D

    9: Negative Temperatures and the Second Law.

    10: Phase Transitions

    11: Thermodynamic Equilibrium and Stability

    12: Concavity of the Entropy and Negative Heat Capacities

    13: Black Hole Entropy and an Alternative Model for a Black Hole

    14: Energy Sources and the World’s Energy Requirements

    • Traditional sources of energy.
    • Nuclear power.
    • Conventional methods for the disposal of radioactive waste.
    • An alternative method for disposal of high-level radioactive waste.

    15: Concluding Remarks

    Appendix

    • Partial derivatives
    • The Chain Rule
    • Homogeneous Functions
    • Taylor’s Theorem for a Function of Several Variables
    • Extreme Values of Functions of Several Variables

    Answers and Solutions to Exercises

    • Exercises A (p.8)
    • Exercises B (p. 21)
    • Exercises C (p.36)
    • Exercises D(p.57)

    Glossary

    List of symbols

    References and suggestions for further reading

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 152
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2008
  • Published: January 1, 2008
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780857099389

About the Author

Jeremy Dunning-Davies

Jeremy Dunning-Davies, University of Hull, UK

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University of Hull, UK

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