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Excellent Heat Transfer Text
on April 18, 2012
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.
4. Tables and Charts: (10/10)
The tables and charts provided show almost all of the correlations that you would ever want to use. Plenty of mathematical correlations are shown in the back of the text and many are dispersed through the text. With good tabulation, the tables provide a quick way to solve certain problems without nasty calculations.
Total score: (45/50)
Resulting Star Value: 4.5/5 stars
If you want a text for self study, I would suggest against this text unless you can acquire a solutions manual for it somehow.
Great text for a class.