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Looking across the entire span of human understanding there are very few things that are derived from, proven, and supported by the most fundamental of considerations and observations spanning the infinitely small to the infinite vast Even Relativity and Quantum Mechanics stand alone in their abilities to deal with the big and the small.
Across the entire spectrum of physics, Einstein liked General Relativity and Thermodynamics best because they are derived from the most fundamental of considerations and see a general applicability
Unfortunately, both appear to be taught badly at high school and students often arrive at college and university with a partial, and/or confused picture of the mechanisms at work, the basic principles, mathematical formulations, and practical applicability. And so they are easily confounded by the books, papers and web pages that go into the necessary depth for their new studies and chosen field of work.
So, this ‘out of hours’ tutorial session has been configured for those students, staff, local industry, school students and others struggling with Thermodynamics. It fully embraces the tutorial style of close interaction with numerous demonstrations and examples in the form of embedded videos and real-time bench experiments.
The mathematical formulations are approached from many different angles to aid rapid assimilation and deep understanding, and to demonstrate specific advantages in different fields of application.
Apart from correcting the earlier failure mechanisms of student-teacher and the school system, my primary objective here is to get students to ‘first base’ so they may pick up books, papers and comb through web pages with confidence. BUT the key here is for attendees realise what a generally powerful and applicable tool Thermodynamics is - to understand fully - and be able to apply it in their future work on systems of all kinds.
Only time will tell if I have succeeded!
Peter Cochrane
This tutorial is one in a series specifically tailored in support of my wider lecture program spanning technology, engineering, and management theory and practice for undergrad and postgrad students the new University of Suffolk UK https://www.uos.ac.uk/
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