Lecture 21 - Thermodynamics

author: Ramamurti Shankar, Department of Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: June 3, 2010,   recorded: November 2006,   views: 13976
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This is the first of a series of lectures on thermodynamics. The discussion begins with understanding "temperature." Zeroth's law is introduced and explained. Concepts such as "absolute zero" and "triple point of water" are defined. Measuring temperature through a number of instruments is addressed as well as the different scales of measurement. The second half of the lecture is devoted to heat and heat transfer. Concepts such as "convection" and "conduction" are explained thoroughly.

Reading assignment:

Wolfson and Pasachoff, Physics with Modern Physics, chapters 19-22.

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Comment1 B. Girish, November 8, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.:

I like the way subject is present. I get excited with these lectures. After watching the lectures of thermodynamics now I feel thermodynamics is easy. At most of the places the subject is explained simply & easy manner.
I thank Yale University management and prof Rammamurthy for these lectures.

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