Understanding the Second Law of Thermodynamics for Gases

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2022 - 2023 On-line Individual$ 160.00
2022 - 2023 DVD Individual$ 180.00

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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.

Course Objectives
 - understand the caloric relationship for a gas as developed using Maxwell's kinetic theory.
 - develop the first law of thermodynamics and write the (negative) statements of the second law of thermodynamics.
 - establish the Clausius Inequality and the resulting state variable, entropy
 - develop the Gibbs equation relating entropy to the other state variables

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Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)2022 - 2023 On-line Individual$ 160.00
Course Fee (Alternate)2022 - 2023 DVD Individual$ 180.00

Distance Learning Course

Distance Learning Course

Roy Hartfield

Roy J. Hartfield, Jr. is the Walt and Virginia Woltosz Professor of Aerospace Engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University. He holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia (1991). r. Hartfield has been employed by Auburn University as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, and Woltosz Professor of Aerospace Engineering since December, 1990. Dr. Hartfield’s technical interests include optimization of aerospace systems, rocket propulsion, airbreathing propulsion, aerodynamics, wind tunnel testing, and optical diagnostics. Dr. Hartfield is active in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, having served as a member of the High Speed Airbreathing Propulsion Technical Committee, a member of the Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee and as Technical Chair of the 25th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference. Dr. Hartfield has authored over 100 journal articles and conference papers and continues to be actively involved in research. He holds three US patents, a Canadian patent and a Chinese patent.


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