Chapter 1

Fundamental Concepts and Definitions

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • To define and explain different methods of thermodynamic analyses
  • Identify thermodynamic systems and draw the energy interaction diagram
  • State and explain all the terms relevant to study of thermodynamics
  • To identify processes and represent them through diagrams
  • To be able to differentiate between units and dimensions
  • To know the units of all thermodynamic variables
  • To explain the relation between pressure and molecular activity

1.1 Introduction

Thermodynamics is essentially a study of energy interactions between a system and its surroundings. These interactions are generally in the form of heat and work.

Heat or thermal energy is available directly in the form of solar ...

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