Work and Heat

  • Alan M. WhitmanEmail author
Part of the Mechanical Engineering Series book series (MES)


In the last chapter, we saw that changes of a macroscopic equilibrium state can be accompanied by, or even result from, doing work on or heating a thermodynamic system. Indeed, the ability to calculate these quantities is of the utmost importance to engineers who need to know, for example, how much work must be provided in order to supply compressed air at some required design pressure. Therefore, this chapter is devoted to an extended discussion of each of them.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA

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