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Teaching Thermodynamics to First Year Engineers

  • C. Gurney

Abstract

The paper is based on lectures given to the combined first year engineer class at the University of Hong Kong in the years 1971–1973. In a rational presentation of thermodynamics, concepts of heat and temperature are consequent upon, and not preliminary to the Second Law. In the present paper, the Laws of Thermodynamics are presented as the conservation of energy and the non-decrease of entropy of isolated systems.

Keywords

Isolate System Rigid Body Motion Entropy Function Deformable Body Kinetic Equilibrium 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Gurney
    • 1
  1. 1.DevonUK

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