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Unit V: Principles of Thermodynamics

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  • The name "thermodynamics" is really a silly name. Think about it; the field deals primarily with the condition of equilibrium, that is, no change or a "static" situation. The actual field that describes non-equilibration properties is "kinetics" or "dynamics," hence the more apt term for this field is really "thermostatics." However, since we cannot change a name that has been in use for 150 years, we will stick with it and pretend otherwise.

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