Engineering Continuing Education
217 Ramsay Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
Understanding the Second Law of Thermodynamics for Gases
Location: Distance Learning Course
2016-2017 On-line Individual: $80.00
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Understanding the Second Law of Thermodynamics covers the foundational elements of thermodynamics of gases from an energy perspective. Maxwell's kinetic theory modeling is used to establish the relationship between temperature and the energy stored internally in a gas. The first law of thermodynamics is used to establish the relationship between this internal energy and the possible interactions that a gas can have with its surroundings, thermal energy input (heat) and the work interaction. The Carnot cycle is then used to establish the Clausius inequality from the statements of the second law. Ultimately entropy is defined from the Clausius inequality. Finally, the first and second laws of thermodynamics are combined to establish the Gibbs equation relating entropy to the other thermodynamic state variables, which allows the second law of thermodynamics as applied to gases to be used for quantitative calculations.
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