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A Conceptual Guide to Thermodynamics by Bill Poirier


 

Preface 

Thanks in your curiosity in A Conceptual Guide to Thermodynamics. This ebook is itself a brand new idea of kinds, which deserves some clarification. First, an outline of what this ebook will not be. It’s not a textbook; the dialogue is insufficiently full to function the first textual content for an undergraduate thermodynamics course, and there aren’t any issues or workouts. Neither is it a well-liked science or lay individual’s introduction; the first meant viewers is science and engineering college students.

Neither is it a historical past of thermodynamics; although that’s itself an interesting topic, you can find little such dialogue right here. It’s undoubtedly not a ebook written to impress tutorial colleagues; they won’t be impressed. What this ebook is is a conceptual and sensible information—a companion to your major thermodynamics textbook, meant to complement and make clear the latter.

The purpose is to concurrently enhance each your elementary understanding of the fabric (the “conceptual” half) and your homework and examination efficiency (the “sensible” half), to higher “get you thru” your thermodynamics course. Culling from over a decade of expertise instructing undergraduate bodily chemistry thermodynamics at Texas Tech College, this ebook was written from high to backside with the sensible wants of you, the scholar, foremost in thoughts. However why do you have to purchase this (pretty cheap) complement as well as to the (little doubt far more costly) required textbook you have got probably already bought? There are a number of causes.

 

First, some textbooks (and a few lecturers) could give quick shrift to the explication of core thermodynamics ideas comparable to equilibrium and entropy. The probably purpose is obvious: there’s a lot materials to cowl, and so they don’t want to get slowed down in prolonged explanations and doubtlessly complicated subtleties. A few of the issues arising on this discipline are certainly profound and intractable; a number of of its good however annoyed early founders ended their very own lives (see Appendix A) …That stated, I’ve discovered over my years of instructing thermodynamics that dedicating a modest period of time in the course of the early phases to a cautious (however not too rigorous) dialogue of the important thing ideas—if accomplished succinctly and clearly—can lead to main sensible advantages for college students afterward.

Second, a principal benefit of this method is that the core ideas are just about the identical throughout the entire many disciplines that (with good purpose!) require thermodynamics coaching as a part of their diploma plans. Thus, college students of chemistry, physics, biology, geosciences, and the engineering fields, could all profit from this ebook, despite the fact that the applying of this elementary science varies vastly from discipline to discipline. To this finish, discipline-specific materials is usually averted right here, in favor of instruction designed to convey the final logic of how to resolve thermodynamics issues.

On this context, memorization per se does not likely assist a lot, although many college students are naturally inclined to fall again on this tried-and-true companion. In distinction, a conceptual understanding provides one thing that almost all college students in the end discover to be way more worthwhile—a way of how to method any given downside, as opposed to that uncomfortable state of getting “no clue the place to start.”

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