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Schaum's Outline of Thermodynamics for Engineers, 2ed (Schaum's Outline Series) [Paperback]

Merle Potter , Craig Somerton Ph.D.
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May 20, 2009 0071611673 978-0071611671 2

Tough Test Questions? Missed Lectures? Not Enough Time?

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  • Series: Schaum's Outline Series
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (May 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071611673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071611671
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MERLE C. POTTER has four engineering degrees from Michigan Technological University and The University of Michigan. He has coauthored Statics, Dynamics, Strength of Materials, Fluid Mechanics, The Mechanics of Fluids, Thermodynamics for Engineers, Thermal Sciences, Differential Equations, Advanced Engineering Mathematics, Engineering Your Future, and Jump Start the HP-48G in addition to numerous exam review books. His research involved fluid flow stability and energy related topics. In addition to teaching awards,he was inducted into the Academy of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech; ASME awarded him the 1980 Centennial Award and the 2008 James Harry Potter Gold Medal. He is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University and continues to write and golf.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reorganized and expanded version of a great outline July 22, 2006
Format:Paperback
I found the first edition of the Schaum's outline on Thermodynamics to be quite helpful and complete. Like several other Schaum's outlines it can double as an inexpensive textbook on the subject due to the completeness of the accompanying lecture that comes with each chapter. There are plenty of equations, good illustrations, and excellent worked example problems. The main difference between this second and the first edition is that the material is basically the same, just reorganized in its presentation to flow more naturally for the uninitiated student. Also, the author has more solved problems and has added some sample quizzes. If you already have the first edition and use it as a reference, it is probably not worth it to upgrade to the second edition since the educational content is the same. However, if you are a student who is studying thermodynamics for the first time, definitely get the second edition because it does flow better than the first and the sample quizzes will probably be helpful to you. Also, if you are a student, this outline will be helpful to you because the vast majority of textbooks on thermodynamics are awful. Either they take a very theoretical approach and neglect worked numerical examples or they take an oversimplistic viewpoint and have only very simple examples that you would never encounter in industry.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource December 19, 2009
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I have been a full-time and adjunct professor for 41 years. This is an excellent text/resource for all thermodynamics students. One could teach the entire first semester and portions of follow-on courses from this text. Material is clearly and logically explained. If left to select a text for the first thermo course, and in consideration of student budgets, I would use this as the basic text and supplement with copies of my lecture notes. Of course, at some point, the practicing engineer would want to acquire a copy of Cengel and Boles. Delivery from Amazon was fast!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU GONNA HIDE FROM THAT EXAM?! October 7, 2011
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I love Schaum's Outlines, I believe the series writers have done more for my academic careers than my professors and their respective "recommended" texts. This book, like others of the series, is simply problem after problem. You will know your stuff if you practice with this book. Be aware that I did mention that this book is more helpful than my professors and their "recommended" textbooks, but that still doesn't mean you should simply study from this one text. It is to be used in conjunction with other learning materials.

Doing so will really prepare you, especially if you are like a person like me that complains about never having enough examples/practice problems. Well... let's just say that after buying and using this book, you'll wish you had enough time to go through all the practice problems. Seriously, there are a LOT OF PRACTICE PROBLEMS.

The best part about the Schaum's Outlines series is that each section starts of easy to test/teach the basics. Don't feel like you are being thrown into a pool without knowing how to swim.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful Study Aid October 15, 2009
Format:Paperback
This is a really useful study aid for Thermodynamics. The explanations are thorough enough that it follows just about any textbook, and easy enough to understand. The example problems are also very helpful, and cut down my time on doing homework problems. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solved problems March 4, 2013
By WAS
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I was looking for a collection of solved problems, for thermodynamics. This publication provided that. In some cases, I found the terminology to be somewhat foreign to what I was used to. For example I was unfamiliar with the term "exergy". Also I was unfamiliar with the definition of mass flux, used for this document.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of units frustrating September 19, 2013
By Dion
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I used this book as my main textbook for an intro course to thermodynamics. While overall the book was good, the solved problems in the text were frustrating to understand. I don't think there was a single solved problem, either as an example in a chapter or at the end of a chapter, that had units in the problem. While for simpler problems this wasn't an issue, when trying to understand newer concepts it was more difficult to grasp what a certain number represented. I found this lack of units frustrating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supplment only April 22, 2013
By Sam
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This was a good thing to have along with my textbook and class notes, but it should be used along with reading the textbook and reviewing the notes.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent reading with good step-by-step solutions and practice exams. Only two complaints: one, wish they would place some practice problems with solutions not right below so you might be able to try the problem on your own before viewing the solution. Also, some questions are just ridiculously easy so only half of the problems can actually benefit a thermodynamics student. Those half are generally pretty good though and worth the 15 or 17 dollars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solved Problems
I needed a book to accompany Van Ness's Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics because I found the problems there to be convoluted. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jed Pruett
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tutor book for Thermo
I bought this book because I felt I was underperforming in my undergraduate thermo class. This was a very large class and no As on the first exam. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jennifer P
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is my 3rd or 4th book from Schaum's. They have good quality, good examples, and always give you exactly what you need; no fluff, no $5 words, no bull. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jonny
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it.
I never thought I'd see 'Cliffs Notes' for Thermodynamics, but here it is.

You get the gist of it in just about two hundred partial differential equations. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Myrna B. Tagayun
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good reference and support book
Shaums are always very good reference book much oriented to solving problems and therefore sometimes complex to get into them
Published 18 months ago by JOSE M BASAGOITI CAYCOYA
5.0 out of 5 stars Outline of Thermodynamics
Old things forgotten are better reviewed. Why study this after retirement? Prevent brain rot, brain decay. Excellent guide goes along w/ other Amazon.com texts.
Published 18 months ago by M. BERGER
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version review
In despite of the book quality, the Kindle version shows the usual problems I've found in all scientific texts for the ereader: poor quality of equations and figures. Read more
Published on June 23, 2012 by Rodrigo
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle reader useless for this title
This is not a complaint about the book as such, but about the Kindle edition. Unlike an Acrobat file, when you change the size of the text to read more easily (on the Windows... Read more
Published on May 30, 2012 by The Thinker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but missing some key data
So far the book is a good study guide for the content and the problems are okay. I'm only in chapter 2. Read more
Published on June 10, 2010 by B^4
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