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Also a mechanical engineering major. I really like how the book explains the theory behind heat transfer, it is very detailed and clear, shows derivations, and different cases. When it gets to convection it offers derivations of the navier-stokes equations online. However it has few examples and I found I had to keep going through the chapters to figure out the homework, which is fine but kind of annoying and time consuming. I understand that it is a complex topic, but they can at least offer a bit more examples so students can understand the homework, and maybe some answers, at least odd or even. (my whole class complained about the book to the professor, telling him it was impossible and that the heat transfer book by Cengel was better. I think this is a main reason the prof's pick it. Also no solution manual available to students.). When it comes to material this book has more compared to Cengel's, which is vague on theory. Overall any book by the Wiley publishing company will most likely have no answers or solutions manual. Just wanted to add that. If I ever become a professor I will never ever put that super strict style on my students. I believe it hurts learning. My rating. 3 stars.
The factors that influenced this review the most were the following: Explanation of concepts; link between concepts and examples; link between examples and assigned problems; and the provided tables, charts, etc.
The actual rating I gave this text is 4.5/5.0, but I couldn't give half of a star.
1. Explanation of concepts: (9/10) The authors not only know what they are talking about in the text, they are able to bring it down to a college student's level. Because Heat Transfer is difficult to understand, the authors take a lot of time explaining the why as well as the what and how. Along with the material from my Heat Transfer course, the text was amazingly helpful for filling in gaps in understanding for practically every topic.
2. Link between concepts and examples: (9/10) The examples provided were most of the time extremely useful for seeing the concepts in action with respect to the equations and correlations. Occasionally, however, the examples were used to reveal the nature of a specific phenomenon, not necessarily to help with problems. Overall, the examples were a great demonstration of the concepts.
3. Link between examples and assigned problems: (7/10) The problems assigned were generally extremely difficult and some were not even possible to understand without the aid of the answers or the solutions from the instructor. When looking at the examples, it was frustrating seeing how the questions asked in the examples were not as challenging as the problems. In a sense, the book showed us how to walk and then expected us to run. If you have a solutions manual of some sort, then the problems will be much more useful to learn from.
Quite frankly, I hate this book. It explains some of the topics really well, but other topics are awful. If it wasn't for my professor handing out equation sheets and condensed notes, there are many topics in here that I would not understand even in the slightest. In addition, the problem sets at the ends of the chapters are often not similar enough to the examples for the examples to be of much help. Also, Wiley puts select answers online which is a pain and the fact that solutions manuals are not available for students is also a negative. It sucks if you try to do some problems to understand the material and you can't tell where in your process you went wrong because you don't have the solutions. Lastly, some of these problems literally use information that they do not go over. For some assigned problems, I have had issues and gone to the TA and they have looked at the solutions where sometimes there is information that is not anywhere in the book being used to solve problems. This might actually be my least favorite textbook throughout my college career so far.
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The text contains good information and many references, examples, and problems. However, the publisher, Wiley, never fails to disappoint. The "answers to selected exercises" typically found in an appendix, are only accessible by the companion website, which may as well mean they are nonexistent, given the number of students who use the companion website. Some equations have confusing formatting. The text is not error free, but with so much information, that is to be expected.
So, I started reading this book on a Tuesday. I didn't finish it until a Saturday like 5 months later. The material is a bit dry but if you want to know the thermal conductivity or specific heat of a banana, maybe cake batter or chickens, this is the book for you. After reading this book you will know precisely how long to cook your banana split for, or maybe how long to freeze your chicken.
Definitely a life changing experience to read this book.
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