The Second Law

  • Alan M. WhitmanEmail author
Part of the Mechanical Engineering Series book series (MES)


In our study till now, we established the first law of thermodynamics, in which we saw that heat and work are equivalent insofar as they are different manifestations of the energy exchange between a system and its surroundings (or between various parts of a system). However, in this development, an asymmetry between heat and work has remained.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA

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