Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1st Edition pdf

Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics 1st Edition.

“Thermodynamics is a funny subject. The first time you go through it, you don’t understand it at all. The second time you go through it, you think you understand it, except for one or two small points. The third time you go through it, you know you don’t understand it, but by that time you are so used to it, so it doesn’t bother you any more.” Arnold Sommerfeld 

Most likely, just about anyone who’s studied thermodynamics or taught it can relate to the above quote. Though we were undergraduate students a generation ago, we still remember how we, and many of our classmates, perceived the subject of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics when we first encountered it: complex and abstract, with tons of different equations and terms like “entropy” and “fugacity” that were often hard to connect to anything that seemed real (not to mention the symbols, with an array of carats, overbars, subscripts and superscripts). 

As teachers of the subject, we can’t shy away from its complexity—we have to tackle it head on. What we can do is frame the subject in ways that make it more accessible. The range of thermodynamics concepts and the long lists of equations may always seem intimidating at first, but they needn’t seem arbitrary. Our goal with this book is to provide a practical and relatable introduction for students who are encountering Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics for the first time. This is an important distinction, since several of the most popular books on the subject for this course have also been used at the graduate level as well. By contrast, this book is truly aimed at providing the “fundamentals” of chemical engineering thermodynamics for the undergraduate student. Once complete, the student will have the proper background for follow-on undergraduate courses that rely on a solid foundation in this field of study or for advanced courses in thermodynamics. In an effort to provide this solid foundation in chemical engineering thermodynamics, we have incorporated several features into the book that are intended to make it more accessible to a wide variety of learners: Motivational Examples Each chapter begins with a “Motivational Example” that introduces the topic of the chapter and illustrates its importance. This is intended to benefit all learners, but particularly global learners who require big picture insights to connect information, and technical learners who require a practical application for everything.


– Each chapter is organized to be helpful to students with a variety of learning styles.

– The introduction to each chapter includes a list of instructional objectives. 

– Each chapter closes with a bulleted summary that includes definitions of key terms and highlights key concepts.

The book uses both inductive and deductive reasoning. In some places, key equations and/or concepts are developed in the context of an example, and after the example there is a discussion of how the concept generalizes. In other places a more traditional deductive approach is used.

The book comes with a number of additional resources for both students and instructors. 

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