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W hat it’s All About The focus of thermodynamics in 16.050 is on the production of work, often in the form of kinetic energy (for example in the exhaust of a jet engine) or shaft power, from different sources of heat. For the most part the heat will be the result of combustion processes, but this is not always the case. The course content can be viewed in terms of a “propulsion chain” as shown below, where we see a progression from an energy source to useful propulsive work (thrust power of a jet engine). In terms of the different blocks, the thermodynamics in Unified Engineering and in this course are mainly about how to progress from the second block to the third, but there is some examination of the processes represented by the other arrows as well. The course content, objectives, and lecture
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Unformatted text preview: outline are described in detail in Handout #1. Definitions and Fundamental Ideas of Thermodynamics As with all sciences, thermodynamics is concerned with the mathematical modeling of the real world. In order that the mathematical deductions are consistent, we need some precise definitions of the basic concepts. A continuum is a smoothed-out model of matter, neglecting the fact that real substances are composed of discrete molecules. Classical thermodynamics is concerned only with continua. If we wish to describe the properties of matter at a molecular level, we must use the techniques of statistical mechanics and kinetic theory ....
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