Thermodynamics is an exciting and fascinating subject that deals with
energy, which is essential for sustenance of life, and thermodynamics has
long been an essential part of engineering curricula all over the world. It has
a broad application area ranging from microscopic organisms to common
household appliances, transportation vehicles, power generation systems,
and even philosophy. This introductory book contains sufficient material for
two sequential courses in thermodynamics. Students are assumed to have an
adequate background in calculus and physics.
This book is intended for use as a textbook by undergraduate engineering
students in their sophomore or junior year, and as a reference book for practicing
engineers. The objectives of this text are
• To cover the basic principles of thermodynamics.
• To present a wealth of real-world engineering examples to give
students a feel for how thermodynamics is applied in engineering
• To develop an intuitive understanding of thermodynamics by emphasizing
the physics and physical arguments.
It is our hope that this book, through its careful explanations of concepts
and its use of numerous practical examples and figures, helps students
develop the necessary skills to bridge the gap between knowledge and the
confidence to properly apply knowledge.
PHILOSOPHY AND GOAL
The philosophy that contributed to the overwhelming popularity of the prior
editions of this book has remained unchanged in this edition. Namely, our
goal has been to offer an engineering textbook that
• Communicates directly to the minds of tomorrow’s engineers in a
simple yet precise manner.
• Leads students toward a clear understanding and firm grasp of the
basic principles of thermodynamics.
• Encourages creative thinking and development of a deeper understanding
and intuitive feel for thermodynamics.
• Is read by students with interest and enthusiasm rather than being
used as an aid to solve problems.