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Overview


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.
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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195099041
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/19/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Lexile: 1380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pennsylvania State University

University of Miami

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Conservation of Energy 1
2 Ideal Gas Law: Pressure and Absolute Temperature 34
3 Specific Heats and Enthalpy: Adiabatic Processes 89
4 Entropy 135
5 Water and its Transformations 181
6 Moist Air and Clouds 272
7 Energy, Momentum, and Mass Transfer 335
Selected Physical Constants 384
Bibliography 386
Index 395
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2000

    My all-time favorite science textbook

    This is, hands-down, the best book I have on science. I have 4 bookshelves filled with advanced texts on math, physics, meteorology and geology, and this is the most readable book up there. The authors of this book don't mind sharing their opinions of the way the atmospheric thermodynamics is usually taught. Particularly lucid is the section on water, and what 'saturation' means. They also eschew the differential approach to thermodynamics, which I always found to be confusing and unnecessary. The problems (every one of them a 'word' problem) are so interesting that you want to do them just to know their answers!

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