Laws of Thermodynamics

 

First Law of Thermodynamics

Temperature defined; equipartition assumption defined; heat defined; temperature and thermal equilibrium; zeroth law of thermodynamics defined; processes (heat, work) vs. state variables (temperature); first law of thermodynamics defined; heat, work, and internal energy; specific heat defined.

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Thermodynamic Cycles

Definition of a thermodynamic cycle; finding work and heat for each leg of a thermodynamic cycle; isothermal cycle; reversibility of a cycle; heat engines and efficiency, with equation; efficiency of an isothermal cycle; maximum thermodynamic efficiency and Carnot limit; refrigerators and heat pumps; second law of thermodynamics defined.

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Thermodynamics Review

Heat and temperature defined; concept of state variable defined; heat, work, and the first law of thermodynamics; thermodynamic cycles; heat engines and efficiency; carnot limit; second law of thermodynamics defined.

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Carnot Cycle of an Ideal Gas

P-V diagram of a Carnot cycle; work, heat transfer, and efficiency of the cycle.

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Heat Pump

Heat gain and refrigerator performance of a heat pump.

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