Thermodynamics For Dummies -- Free Sample Chapter
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Take some heat off the complexity of thermodynamics

Does the mere thought of thermodynamics make you sweat? It doesn't have to! This hands-on guide helps you score your highest in a thermodynamics course by offering easily understood, plain-English explanations of how energy is used in things like automobiles, airplanes, air conditioners, and electric power plants.

  • Thermodynamics 101 — take a look at some examples of both natural and man-made thermodynamic systems and get a handle on how energy can be used to perform work
  • Turn up the heat — discover how to use the first and second laws of thermodynamics to determine (and improve upon) the efficiency of machines
  • Oh, behave — get the 411 on how gases behave and relate to one another in different situations, from ideal-gas laws to real gases
  • Burn with desire — find out everything you need to know about conserving mass and energy in combustion processes

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