Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach Paperback – May 22 2007
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About the Author
Yunus Cengel (Reno, Nevada) is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. Michael Boles (Raleigh, NC) is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the North Carolina State University.
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1. Have insurance on books (that are shipped via Canada Post).
2. Use a more rigid package for the book (was sent in a shipping envelope).
This is because the book hard cover has been damaged by handling (few holes and bent corners). I was lucky that the package (envelope) was waterproof, and that the book was not stolen: The postman left the package out in the open in the rain, on my front porch.
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When I turn in my first homework assignment, everything was wrong because this book have problems that are different than the US edition.
There are many annoying things about this book. Perhaps the worst are the contrived "special topics" sections. These are an attempt by the authors to bring some kind of real-world relevance to their subject matter. These might also be called "Thermodynamics in Everyday Life." The concept is good, but the execution falls flat on it face. A few examples:
* 12 pages on dieting advice and recipes.
* 10 pages on choosing an automobile and driving it so as to maximize mileage.
* A long and detailed description of the method of electrically stunning, slaughtering, and freezing chickens.
* Several pages on the disadvantages of saying angry things to your co-workers (it increases "social entropy").
All-in all, these "special topics" fill about 20% of the book's total page count. The book would have been clearer, shorter, and presumably less expensive without them; it would also have killed fewer trees - another topic the authors devoted a "special topic" section to.
The artwork in the book is pathetic as well. The majority of it seems to be 2-D vector images taken from a freebie clipart collection. This alternates with some "Dagwood and Blondie" cartoons where (apparently) the authors have replaced the contents of the dialog baloons with clever sayings about thermodynamics.
In summary, this is a very irritating book to use. The level of information not very deep, and all the "good stuff" is hidden away between discussions of salad dressing and frozen chicken carcasses. There's got to be something better out there.
What I like:
In many ways this is a more detailed, advanced book. It goes into depths not covered by other books written at approximately the same level (for instance, into the Joule-Thompson coefficient for isenthalpic expansion valves). It is clearly written, with helpful figures and frequent fully worked out examples.
What I dislike:
The order of the material is a bit strange. The Carnot cycle is presented before the topic of entropy, which makes no sense. This also means valuable proofs (like say the Carnot efficiency) are not presented. Then there are the 'cultural asides' trying to relate the info to 'the kids.' These range from the almost useful (how to refrigerate your food properly) to fully patronising (comparing ideal processes to the fruitless search for a perfect romantic partner). I know they mean well, but these asides do little to help learn the material, and bring down the otherwise high level at which this book is written.
Despite my gripes, it is a pretty solid reference book, especially if you already have a proof heavy thermo book.
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