An Account of Thermodynamic Entropy

An Account of Thermodynamic Entropy

The second law of thermodynamics is an example of the fundamental laws that govern our universe and is relevant to every branch of science exploring the physical world. This reference summarizes ...
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Introduction

Pp. 3-7 (5)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681083933117010003

Author(s): Alberto Gianinetti

Abstract

Basic concepts are defined, such as what thermodynamics aims to, what a system is, which are the state functions that characterize it, what a process is.

Keywords:

Adiabatic system, Boundaries, Classical thermodynamics, Classical mechanics, Closed system, Exchange of energy and matter, Heat transfer, Interactions, Isolated system, Macroscopic systems, Microscopic structure, Open system, Parcel, Processes, Quantum mechanics, Quantization of energy, State functions, Statistical mechanics, Surroundings, Thermal reservoir, Universe, Work.