The subject of thermodynamics deals with energy and has long been an essential part of engineering curricula around the world. Its wide range of applications ranges from microscopic organisms to ordinary household appliances, transportation vehicles, power generation systems and even philosophy. This introductory book contains enough material for two consecutive courses in thermodynamics, and it is assumed that students have sufficient background in calculus and physics.
A conscious effort is made to emphasize the basic principles of thermodynamics while providing students with an insight into how to use computational tools in engineering practice. The traditional classical, or macroscopic, approach is used throughout the text, and microscopic arguments are appropriately supported. This approach is more in line with students’ intuitions and makes learning the subject much easier.