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Fundamentals of Thermodynamics [THX] [Hardcover]

Claus Borgnakke , Richard E. Sonntag
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August 4, 2008 0470041927 978-0470041925 7
Now in its seventh edition, Fundamentals of Thermodynamics continues to offer a comprehensive and rigorous treatment of classical thermodynamics, while retaining an engineering perspective. With concise, applications-oriented discussion of topics and self-test problems the text encourages students to monitor their own comprehension. The seventh edition is updated with additional examples, homework problems, and illustrations to increase student understanding.

The text lays the groundwork for subsequent studies in fields such as fluid mechanics, heat transfer and statistical thermodynamics, and prepares students to effectively apply thermodynamics in the practice of engineering.

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Understand thermodynamics from an engineer’s perspective

Borgnakke and Sonntag’s Fundamentals of Thermodynamics has long stood as the text of choice for an introduction to the theory and application of thermodynamics. Written from an engineer’s point of view, this updated and revised Seventh Edition of the classic text offers a comprehensive and rigorous treatment of classical thermodynamics. With concise, applications-oriented discussion of topics and self-test problems, the text encourages students to monitor their own progress and absorb the concepts step by step. 

Updated with additional examples, homework problems, and illustrations to increase student understanding, this new edition:

  • Includes concept check questions within chapters
  • Provides more figures, additional examples, and application sections in each chapter
  • Includes a revised version of CATT software for ease of calculating property data
  • Features the ThermoNet Web Site, with an extensive collection of Internet-based learning resources in engineering thermodynamics at the college level

Preparing students to effectively apply thermodynamics in the practice of engineering, Fundamentals of Thermodynamics, Seventh Edition lays the groundwork for subsequent success in fields such as fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and statistical thermodynamics.

About the Author

Richard E. Sonntag received his BSE, MSE and Ph.D. degrees, all in mechanical engineering, from the University of Michigan. He is a Professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan and served as the department chair for eleven years. He is a fellow of the ASME and served on numerous committees within ASME and been vice chair and chair of the regional Department Heads.

Claus Borgnakke earned his MSE and Ph.D. from the Technical University of Denmark. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award as well as other awards and recognitions, including the Ralph E. Teetor Award from SAE.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 7 edition (August 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470041927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470041925
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT STUDENT FRIENDLY WHEN LEARNING THERMO March 31, 2009

I needed this book for Thermo 1. This book is ridiculous. Perhaps it's good as a reference - I wouldn't know because I need to LEARN thermo first. Anyways, this book sucks at teaching thermodynamics. The best way I learn is by doing problems that cover the material. If I come across something I don't understand, I like to go back and check example problems. Indeed, there are example problems galore in this book. But they are completely different from the homework problems. The example problems tend to be simplistic and even in Chapter 6 they tend to emphasize concepts and techniques that were taught in Chapter 2. The homework problems at the end then go into great depth with the new material and it's just ridiculous trying to understand it without an example problem which is actually helpful. Please note that, for me, this lack of instruction was compounded by a professor who quite literally taught straight from the book - perhaps you will have more luck. This book is definitely not a student friendly book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book in Thermodyamics December 26, 2009
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The first time I learned Thermodynamics was 23 years ago; I recently read this book to help a first time learner of Themodynamics and found this book is far more superb than the book I had many years ago. Perhaps, the compliment does not say anything. I found this book is easy to read; I like authors give outline of the chapter - what will be discuss and why, and ties the current chapter with previous chapters so that, as a reader, I can solidify my understanding. I found this book has all those ingredients. Also the book has a lot of examples. I also like that the author takes effort to divide problems into different categories: the concept questions versus exercises versus challenging problems.

Being quite satisfied with the book, I also sympathize with many readers who thinks they don't learn thermodynamics from the book. Thermodynamics is quite a difficult subject to learn; although the author has stressed that he believes in a systematic way to solve thermodynamics problems and he had make effort to include the 'process' of problem solving. I wonder if the author would take a step further to include "active thinking"-- reading a problem students should be thinking of characteristics of the problem. By helping a student who first learn thermodynamics, I realize that students have different approaches to a problem, and some of the approaches are not correct due to violation of the laws. I wonder if the author would want to include "other wrong" or "not preferred" solutions. By contrasting the "right way" and the "wrong way" or "not preferred" can be a great teaching tool.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars problems differ in SI version and hard copy January 21, 2010
By J. Parr
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the text is the same in both the hard copy and SI Version. But the problems at the end of the chapters are different. Meaning the SI won't work for homework problem numbers.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible for a first-timer February 13, 2010
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This is not a good book for an intro to thermo course! The writing is dry, the explanations poor, the math is too easy to get lost in, and the book assumes prior knowledge that an undergrad student isn't equipped with yet. I would recommend this for grad students or as a reference to professors, as the appendices are put together very well, but it is terrible book to actually learn thermodynamics from. I have had to purchase other books in addition to this one, despite the fact that I'm a good student. To its credit, there are in-chapter examples and a VAST number of end-of-chapter problems (usually over 100). If you must use this text for a thermo intro course, I highly recommend the solutions manual.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Caution September 1, 2011
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I bought this book because I needed it for one of my classes. I decided to go with the softcover edition to save on cost and weight of the book, but didn't realize this meant I was buying the international edition. Beware because this book is not the same as the hardcover. The chapter problems are numbered differently than in the hardcover. I learned the hard way!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Textbook February 11, 2014
By Shawna
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This was a pretty decent textbook, I was required to get it for one of my classes but it was very informational.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars it come with out CD ???? November 22, 2013
By talal
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i thought it come with a CD but it's not so .....
and that's why i bought new one because it come with CD
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars International Version is not exact September 24, 2011
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A star was lost because the seller says that the SI version was exactly like the US version although this is false. It is in terms of the material, but if you have to work the problems in the chapters you need to make sure you look at the US version as the questions are not numbered the same. In one chapter of the SI version they did not even have the question at all. Other than that it was good.
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I am not satisfied with my purchase. Upon further observation, the name of the book and author are the only things similar with my order and the book that I received. Read more
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