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Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach with Student Resources DVD Hardcover – January 25, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0077366742 ISBN-10: 9780077366742 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1056 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 7 edition (January 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780077366742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077366742
  • ASIN: 0077366743
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.7 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yunus A. Çengel (Turkey) is Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Michael Boles (Raleigh, NC) is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the North Carolina State University.

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A well written, well detailed book.
Joshua Watkins
I have read quite a few books on Thermodynamics before this one, and I was really surprised and delighted by how much I got out of it.
Jason Dowd
It is a book I decided to keep instead of sell.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jason Dowd on June 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you read only one book on Thermodynamics, make it this one.

I would strongly encourage students of science - whether physics, chemistry, or even biology and geology - to study this book before moving on to more specialized texts. This book is the best "big picture" book for Thermodynamics I have seen, and it manages to cover a wide variety of the different aspects of the subject, at times in surprising depth. Plus it does so in the most natural context for this subject: engineering, where it was born.

I have read quite a few books on Thermodynamics before this one, and I was really surprised and delighted by how much I got out of it. I'd give it six stars if I could.

The prerequisites are basic multivariable calculus and elementary ordinary differential equations as well as elementary classical mechanics. Some elementary fluid mechanics would be helpful too, but is by no means essential.

The book includes more than enough problems for even the most avid student, and the problems cover the gamut from simple plug-and-chug, to computational problems that can be solved using the software included on the DVD, to conceptual questions, to open ended design and investigation problems.

The book also includes copious tables of thermodynamical property data that can - and sometimes must - be consulted to solve the problems.

The only substantial criticism I have concerns some of the optional sections that typically end the chapters. In particular the one on entropy rubbed me the wrong way by trying to explain entropy as disorganization. The example of the messy library having more entropy than the one where the books are organized appropriately on the shelves really bothered me.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2011
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This book is an excellent textbook for Mechanical Engineers studying thermodynamics. Everything is explained clearly, the example problems show all steps arriving to an answer, and the text is very easy to read and comprehend. Highly recommended book for engineers. Only downside would be the problems at the end of the chapter are rather simple and too easy to solve. I would suggest to use this book to learn the concepts and then use other textbooks like Moran's Fundamental of Engineering Thermodynamics to solve advanced problems.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dheinsbergen on March 5, 2011
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Explanations were clear and allowed for quick reading. This book gives a TON of examples, ranging from super easy to the impossible. My favorite part is the mass of indexes that quickly supply constants and pressure/temperature data.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 21, 2013
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Seems like a very thorough coverage of Thermodynamics principles annd concepts. Not too technical and not too difficult to understand. If a person needs to learn thermodynamics this book should be a big help.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Electrical Engineer on January 25, 2011
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I am great fan of Professor Yunus Cengel. All his books are Professional Engineering master pieces. I use all his books for engineering references. Great author!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eva Onyx on December 3, 2012
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This book is a solid and useful engineering textbook. The examples are really clear, helpful, and most importantly line up with the other problems. This book is reliable: if the subject matter is difficult for a student to grasp this book will be a pretty good resource. I suggest pairing the book with a 'thermo' online help resource for optimal results.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James L. Kupper Jr. on September 16, 2012
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A well written book, however like most modern text books there is a lot of filler and useless information. The book could really be half as thick as it currently is.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pellerine on December 16, 2011
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The book is brilliant from the pre-pages as it gets one thinking from a series of quotes (i.e. The mind is like a parachute - it works only when it is open). Following are 17 chapters starting from the basics and working through concepts of thermodynamics. I think there are a lot of great practical thoughts mixed with theoretical exercises. There are a lot of great samples for your thoughts as well as for your calculator - it depends on what you want from this book.

There was also a great DVD with a taste of EES's powerful calculative tools.

I own this book as a non-specialist, and have enjoyed it as a casual reader interested in getting a taste of thermodynamics. Pleasant.
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