Teaching Thermodynamics

  • Jeffery D. Lewins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Teaching Objectives

  3. Innovative Methods of Teaching

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. D. R. H. Jones
      Pages 67-79
    3. C. R. Stone
      Pages 81-90
    4. P. W. Foss, D. R. Croft
      Pages 91-102
    5. M. R. Heikal, T. A. Cowell
      Pages 103-116
    6. B. L. Button, B. N. Dobbins
      Pages 117-130
    7. T. R. Haynes
      Pages 131-141
    8. D. H. Bacon
      Pages 153-155
    9. D. J. Buckingham
      Pages 157-159
    10. D. W. Pilkington
      Pages 161-163
    11. D. Walton, J. D. Lewins
      Pages 165-170
  4. Computer Oriented and Laboratory Oriented Demonstration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. T. H. Frost
      Pages 173-182
    3. T. Hinton, B. R. Wakeford
      Pages 185-196
    4. Jeffery D. Lewins
      Pages 197-201
  5. Principles of Thermodynamics

  6. Applications of Thermodynamics to Design Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 295-295
    2. N. Hay
      Pages 357-362
    3. J. C. Mecklenburgh
      Pages 363-372
    4. T. J. Kotas
      Pages 373-385
    5. G. E. Andrews
      Pages 387-389
    6. K. W. Ramsden
      Pages 391-395
  7. Syllabus Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 397-397
    2. R. S. Silver
      Pages 399-410
    3. M. D. Dampier
      Pages 411-420

About this book


It seemed appropriate to arrange a meeting of teachers of thermodynamics in the United Kingdom, a meeting held in the pleasant surroundings of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, in Sept~mber, 1984. This volume records the ideas put forward by authors, the discussion generated and an account of the action that discussion has initiated. Emphasis was placed on the Teaching of Thermodynamics to degree-level students in their first and second years. The meeting, a workshop for practitioners in which all were expected to take part, was remarkably well supported. This was notable in the representation of essentially every UK university and polytechnic engaged in teaching engineering thermodynamics and has led to a stimulating spread of ideas. By intention, the emphasis for attendance was put on teachers of engineering concerned with thermodynamics, both mechanical and chemical engineering disciplines. Attendance from others was encouraged but limited as follows: non-engineering acad­ emics, 10%, industrialists, 10%. The record of attendance, which will also provide addresses for direct correspondance, will show the broad cover achieved. I am indeed grateful for the attendance of those outside the engineering departments who in many cases brought a refreshing approach to discussions of the 'how' and 'why' of teaching thermodynamics. It was also notable that many of those speaking from the polytechnics had a more original approach to the teaching of thermodynamics than those from conventional universities. The Open University however brought their own special experience to bear.


engineering thermodynamics exergy experiment mechanics thermodynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeffery D. Lewins
    • 1
  1. 1.Fellow of Magdalene College and Cambridge UniversityCambridgeEngland

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