1. Basic Concepts and Definitions

1.0 Chapter introduction and learning objectives

Classical thermodynamics is a macroscopic approach to the study of thermodynamics. This chapter introduces basic concepts and definitions used in classical thermodynamics. It lays the foundation for a comprehensive analysis of different thermodynamic processes and cycles to be presented in this book.


Learning Objectives

After completing the chapter, you should be able to

  1. Explain the basic scope of engineering thermodynamics and its common areas of application
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts, such as system and its surroundings, closed and open systems, extensive and intensive properties, equilibrium state, quasi-equilibrium process, and cycle

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