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Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics
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Now in a Sixth Edition, Fundamentals of Engineering Thermodynamics maintains its engaging, readable style while presenting a broader range of applications that motivate student understanding of core thermodynamics concepts. This leading text uses many relevant engineering-based situations to help students model and solve problems.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #71452 in Books
- Published on: 2007-03-09
- Ingredients: Example Ingredients
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 11.08" h x 1.45" w x 8.84" l, 4.35 pounds
- Binding: Hardcover
- 944 pages
About the Author
Dr. Michael J. Moran, is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Ohio State University. He is a specialist in engineering thermodynamics and thermoeconomics. He also works in the area of thermal design and optimization.
Most helpful customer reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
Good for problem solving, not so much conceptual.
Firstly, I'll agree with other reviewers that the book has a very clear style and is very helpful learning how to do thermo calculations.
Most chapters have a few section on concepts and the rest of the chapter is examples. The examples are very clear and after reading through them I was able to do our assigned problems without any problems.
My major issue is with the book's lack of conceptual explanation. It explains concepts in a formulaic fashion. I.e. it gives a formula and explains how to use it and supplies just enough concepts to be able to use the formulas. Take for example chapter 3 where it introduces the first major/complicated concept of the relations between specific volume, T and pressure. All it does is give the graph and than analyzes the graph. Sure it explains very well the relations and how to use them, but there is almost no explanation given as to why they are the way they are.
I'll say again, if you want to be able to do the thermo analyzation and calculation this is a really great book. But, if you want understand why things are the way they are, you'll have to find another more theoretical book.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
Great Book, lacks good solutions
By Munira Z. Naqui
This is a great (and iconic) book on Thermodynamics. As a student in Mechanical Engineering, I am sure that what I have learned from my Thermodynamics class (and this book, by extension) will be useful. Now, to get into the book:
1. The concepts and theory in this book are expressed in simple language that doesn't require a masters degree to understand.
2. There are many examples and are clearly solved without skipping steps, in both metric and English units. I'm not a huge fan of using English units, but this book goes through the conversion factors (the hardest part) quite clearly and keeps units on all values to make following the examples relatively pain-free.
3. There are a variety of homework problems (usually over 125 per chapter) in both metric and English units. Usually the problems come in pairs; the first problem of a pair will have metric units while the second problem uses English units. As in most texts, the problems get progressively harder, but there are so many problems, that the transition is slow. If you can't figure out, say, problem 8.91, try a problem before it. Usually this will lead you to the correct method of solving 8.91.
4. The only major flaw (and to me, it's a pretty big one), is the lack of answers in the back of the book. There are none in the back of the book, however there are *some* on the book's webpage. Unfortunately, there are only a small fraction of the answers located on the official webpage. TIP: If you look very hard on the internet, there are methods to find worked out solutions.
5. Just before each set of problems at the end of the chapter, there are tables of equations, with explanations of the situations in which to use them. This is really useful when doing the homework or studying.
6. At the end of the book, there are many, many, many tables with thermodynamic data for liquids and gasses, in both English and metric units. There are indexed at the beginning of each appendix which makes it really easy to find the table you're looking for.
I hope this helps.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
By ME student
This is a very good text book, it is well written and keeps it short and sweet. It gets to the point. One great feature is that it boxes in derivations that are not nessacary to understand, this way you don't get bogged down in a lot of text. There are tons of examples in the book and no mistakes that I could find. You really can read and understand everything from the text, you don't really need a teacher, which is saying alot, because most books are impossible to read and figure out what's going on. I agree the bio part is worthless, but Moran is obviously into that stuff because he always mentioned it in class. It's really not a bad thing...just skip it, who cares if it's in there. Overall if you want a good thermo book, whether it's self taught or in a class, it's a good choice.