On the Principles of Thermodynamics – Effects on the Environment, Global Warming, and Sustainability
Precise thermodynamics education is a requirement to discuss issues that one faces in global warming, energy conversion, and other energy-related topics that affect sustainability of the environment in the global sense. For this reason, learning, understanding, and meaningful and relevant application of topics in thermodynamics are required. To accomplish this, educating students at the undergraduate and graduate levels in classical, statistical, and non-equilibrium thermodynamics becomes important. Here a short synopsis of fundamentals of classical thermodynamics is discussed with the intent of bringing clarity to the laws of thermodynamics and their application in design of experiments, applications in other fields such as heat transfer, and physical interpretation of the mathematical relations that are so useful in explaining why certain things happen in thermodynamics and nature. Nature is the ultimate customer.
KeywordsHeat Pump Entropy Generation Heat Engine Clapeyron Equation Carnot Cycle
The view expressed herein are those of the author and do not purport to reflect the position of the Unites States Military Academy, the Department of the Army, or the Department of Defense.
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