The Thermodynamics Laws from The Law of Stable Equilibrium

  • P. H. Brazier


The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics and the Two Property Rule are derived from the Law of Stable Equilibrium. The treatment is simpler but not so rigorous as that of Hatsopoulos and Keenan (l) or Haywood (2). It is aimed at thermodynamics courses for engineering undergraduates.


Stable State Stable Equilibrium Isolate System State Principle Work Output 
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  1. 1.
    Hatsopoulos, G. N. and Keenan, J. M., “Principles of General Thermodynamics”, Wiley, 1972.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Haywood, R. W., “Equilibrium Thermodynamics”, Wiley, 1980.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. H. Brazier
    • 1
  1. 1.Mechanical Engineering DepartmentImperial CollegeUK

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