Thermodynamics: An Interactive Approach, Global Edition : 9781292113746

Thermodynamics: An Interactive Approach, Global Edition

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For the thermodynamics course in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering department


Thermodynamics: An Interactive Approach employs a layered approach that introduces the important concepts of mass, energy, and entropy early, and progressively refines them throughout the text. To create a rich learning experience for today’s thermodynamics student, this book melds traditional content with the web-based resources and learning tools of TEST: The Expert System for Thermodynamics.

Table of contents
  • 0. Introduction Thermodynamic System and its Interactions with the Surroundings
  • 1. Description of a System: States And Properties
  • 2. Development of Balance Equations for Mass, Energy, and Entropy: Application to Closed-Steady Systems
  • 3. Evaluation of Properties: Material Models
  • 4. Mass, Energy, and Entropy Analysis of Open-Steady Systems
  • 5. Mass, Energy, and Entropy Analysis of Unsteady Systems
  • 6. Exergy Balance Equation: Application to Steady and Unsteady Systems
  • 7. Reciprocating Closed Power Cycles
  • 8. Open Gas Power Cycle
  • 9. Open Vapor Power Cycles
  • 10. Refrigeration Cycles
  • 11. Evaluation of Properties: Thermodynamic Relations
  • 12. Psychrometry
  • 13. Combustion
  • 14. Equilibrium
  • 15. Gas Dynamics
  • Appendices
  • Glossary
  • Index
Features & benefits

Introduce Fundamental Theories Early

  • A Layered Approach Introduces Fundamental Theories Early: This textbook uses a layered approach–important concepts are introduced early based on physical arguments and numerical experiments, and progressively refined in subsequent chapters.
  • Each Chapter Develops a Distinctive Theme to Lay a Foundation for True Understanding: The book’s layered approach introduces the fundamental concepts of mass, energy, and entropy in chapters 1-5, and then expands on these concepts in chapters 6-15. Consistent terminology and symbols are used to increase clarity. Throughout the book physical arguments are used to simplify concepts, support mathematical arguments, and explain numerically derived conclusions.
  • “Did You Know?” Boxes Encourage Students to Learn and Evaluate on their Own: “Did You Know?” boxes increase curiosity as they instill a sense of benchmarking. For example, students will learn to estimate how much fuel will be needed to accelerate a truck to its freeway kinetic energy without consulting any tables or charts.


Engage Students with Interactive Content

TEST provides engaging learning tools and brings interactive visual connections to the classroom. The book is written in a way that allows instructors to decide the extent that TEST is integrated with homework or in the classroom.

  • TESTcalc Learning Tools: These thermodynamic calculators can be used to verify manual solutions, create thermodynamic plots, analyse a system or a process, and run “What-if” scenarios.
  • “What-if” Scenarios: Many problems in the book have a “What-if” Scenario, which asks for evaluation of the effect of changing an input variable on the analysis. Once a manual solution is verified through a TEST solution, a “What-if” study is almost effortless; students can simply change a parameter and click the Super-Calculate button to see its effect on the entire solution.
  • Tables: Property tables and charts are organised into easily accessible web pages that instructors can use in the classroom to create a powerful visual connection between a series of dull numbers and coordinates in a thermodynamic plot.
  • Animations: TEST provides a huge library of animations that is referenced throughout the book and integrated with the Problems module.
  • Interactive Animations: The simulations come with built-in parametric study tools.
  • Thermodynamic Diagrams: When states are calculated by a state TESTcalc, they can be instantly visualised on a thermodynamic plot. Another type of diagram called the flow diagram is introduced in the book, to graphically describe the inventory of energy, entropy, and exergy of a system or a process.