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Atmospheric Thermodynamics - Craig F. Bohren

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Published: 1st January 1998
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This comprehensive text is based on the authors' course notes, refined and updated over 15 years of teaching. The core of the text focuses on water and its transformations. Four chapters lay the foundation, from energy conservation to the ideal gas law, specific heat capacities, adiabatic processes, and entropy. An extensive chapter treats phase transitions of water, and a lengthy discussion of the van der Waals equation sets the stage for phase diagrams. Free energy is applied to determining the effect of dissolved substances, total pressure, and size on vapor pressure. The chapter on moist air and clouds discusses wet-bulb and virtual temperatures, isentropic ascent of saturated air, thermodynamic diagrams, stability, and cloud formation. The final chapter covers energy, momentum, and mass transfer, topics not usually considered part of thermodynamics. Measurements are included and experiments and observations are suggested, all with the aim of breathing life into equations. The authors are careful to recognize and unafraid to criticize the treatments of thermodynamics that have been unchanged for more than a hundred years.
Atmospheric Thermodynamics contains over 200 exercises, mostly applications of basic principles to concrete problems. Often inspired by inquisitive students and colleagues, the exercises cover everything from automobiles and airplanes to baseball, wind turbines, and ground hogs. The authors weave history into the text by drawing on original writings rather than using textbook anecdotes, and molecular interpretations are given wherever possible. Assumptions and approximations are carefully laid out, derivations are detailed, and equations are interpreted physically and applied. No previous knowledge of thermodynamics or kinetic theory is assumed, although students are expected to be well-grounded in calculus, differential equations, vector analysis, and classical mechanics.

"I've never been more excited about a book! I couldn't put it down. It's about time somebody wrote an understandable and intuitive book about thermodynamics. Bohren and Albrechts' book is really a breath of fresh air!" --Glenn E. Shaw, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska "I've never been more excited about a book! I couldn't put it down. It's about time somebody wrote an understandable and intuitive book about thermodynamics. Bohren and Albrechts' book is really a breath of fresh air!"--Glenn E. Shaw, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska "An excellent textbook, both for teaching advanced undergraduates and graduate students and for learning a great deal oneself as a researcher. Its clarity, interesting and irreverent tone, and emphasis on physical understanding are all very welcome."--Christopher P. Weaver, Rutgers University

Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Conservation of Energyp. 1
Selected References and Suggestions for Further Readingp. 29
Ideal Gas Law: Pressure and Absolute Temperaturep. 34
Elected References and Suggestions for Further Readingp. 79
Specific Heats and Enthalpy: Adiabatic Processesp. 89
Selected References and Suggestions for Further Readingp. 127
Entropyp. 135
Selected References and Suggestions for Further Readingp. 177
Water and Its Transformationsp. 181
Selected References and Suggestions for Further Readingp. 256
Moist Air and Cloudsp. 272
Selected References and Suggestions for Further Readingp. 327
Energy, Momentum, and Mass Transferp. 335
Selected References and Suggestions for Further Readingp. 379
Selected Physical Constantsp. 384
Bibliographyp. 386
Indexp. 395
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ISBN: 9780195099041
ISBN-10: 0195099044
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st January 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.71