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Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach Paperback – May 22 2007


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  • Paperback: 1016 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill Higher Education; International student ed edition (May 22 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071257713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071257718
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 19.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #272,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Kozlick on Sept. 26 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is great!! Thermodynamics was quite a challenging subject to learn, and this textbook made it so simple to learn and visualize all the topics.
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By JOG on Dec 2 2010
Format: Hardcover
Owing to third-world Canada Post performance and practices, I advised the seller to either / and:
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Becareful!! International ed Oct. 29 2008
By Peanut Butter Engineer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Okay, I always bought international editions when I can get it cheaper, but!! BE CAREFUL this international edition the content is same but home work problems and solutions are mixed SO ARE NOT IDENTICAL TO THE US EDITION.

When I turn in my first homework assignment, everything was wrong because this book have problems that are different than the US edition.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Acceptable but Annoying Sept. 4 2006
By Redmond Geek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This text is a fairly standard treatment of classical (macroscopic) thermodynamics. It is targeted specifically at students of mechanical engineering. Anyone going into some other engineering discipline that depends on thermo (e.g., chem eng) -- or into one of the hard sciences (physics, biophys, biochem, chemistry, etc.) -- will get very little value from this book. Its main focus seems to be on the use of the right formula to solve specific kinds of problems. ("Plug and chug.")

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Old edition that is pretty much timeless March 6 2011
By Reimel Jose - Published on Amazon.com
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The 5th edition of this book is great even though the 7th edition is already out. The information is the same and the laws of Thermodynamics wont change for a great while!
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Good Fundamentals, comprehensive July 12 2009
By Rishi Agrawal - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is great at covering the fundamentals. There are plenty of examples and the material is well explained. The CD that comes with the book was also a GREAT supplement. The CD has concise explanations that are simpler and quicker to understand.
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Pardon the interruptions Jan. 31 2014
By AntiWittgenstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I cut my teeth on the Bornakke and Sonntag thermo book (which is fantastic), but my pal insisted I use this one, as it is considered at my university to the 'standard' text.

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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