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Schaum's Outline of Thermodynamics for Engineers, 2ed (Schaum's Outline Series) Paperback – May 20, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0071611671 ISBN-10: 0071611673 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,515 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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This is an excellent text/resource for all thermodynamics students.
David A. Nuss
The explanations are thorough enough that it follows just about any textbook, and easy enough to understand.
Timothy S. Newell
There are plenty of equations, good illustrations, and excellent worked example problems.
calvinnme

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2006
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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David A. Nuss on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Israel Rodriguez on 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Timothy S. Newell on October 15, 2009
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andrew C. Nager on February 26, 2007
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WAS on March 4, 2013
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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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By Jed Pruett on December 19, 2013
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I needed a book to accompany Van Ness's Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics because I found the problems there to be convoluted.

The explanations are concise, making this a wonderful secondary source for learning the material and focusing on the most important concepts.

Most importantly, there are problems of multiple types for each concept, usually with one worked fully for each approach, another with a somewhat detailed solution, and, finally, a couple more with just the solution. Since I learn by doing problems repeatedly, this was great for me.
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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. I didn't think my main textbook was that great in explaining to the beginner. I'm quick to catch on if the book is written to the appropriate level.

This little book was a gem. It has many practice problems and explanations that bring the concepts together. This helped me when I was faced with a new problem in the exam and didn't know how to approach it. My class allowed open-book tests, so I brought this book with me and tabbed the important pages. I think what was most helpful were the amount of practice problems that can help you understand the concepts better. This will help you be able to tackle the vast array of homework and exam problems that you may have to solve. It also has a bunch of example FE exam problems.
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