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The Physics of Energy

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Robert L. Jaffe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Washington Taylor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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The Physics of Energy provides a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the scientific principles governing energy sources, uses, and systems. This definitive textbook traces the flow of energy from sources such as solar power, nuclear power, wind power, water power, and fossil fuels through its transformation in devices such as heat engines and electrical generators, to its uses including transportation, heating, cooling, and other applications. The flow of energy through the Earth's atmosphere and oceans, and systems issues including storage,…
Frontmatter
pp i-iv
Dedication
pp v-vi
Contents
pp vii-xiv
Preface
pp xv-xix
Acknowledgments
pp xx-xxii
Part I - Basic Energy Physics and Uses
pp 1-2
1 - Introduction
pp 3-10
2 - Mechanical Energy
pp 11-26
3 - Electromagnetic Energy
pp 27-55
4 - Waves and Light
pp 56-68
5 - Thermodynamics I: Heat and Thermal Energy
pp 69-87
6 - Heat Transfer
pp 88-108
7 - Introduction to Quantum Physics
pp 109-135
8 - Thermodynamics II: Entropy and Temperature
pp 136-161
9 - Energy in Matter
pp 162-182
10 - Thermal Energy Conversion
pp 183-202
11 - Internal Combustion Engines
pp 203-218
12 - Phase-change Energy Conversion
pp 219-234
13 - Thermal Power and Heat Extraction Cycles
pp 235-260
Part II - Energy Sources
pp 261-262
14 - The Forces of Nature
pp 263-278
15 - Quantum Phenomena in Energy Systems
pp 279-290
16 - An Overview of Nuclear Power
pp 291-298
17 - Structure, Properties, and Decays of Nuclei
pp 299-322
18 - Nuclear Energy Processes: Fission and Fusion
pp 323-341
19 - Nuclear Fission Reactors and Nuclear Fusion Experiments
pp 342-371
20 - Ionizing Radiation
pp 372-403
21 - Energy in the Universe
pp 404-421
22 - Solar Energy: Solar Production and Radiation
pp 422-431
23 - Solar Energy: Solar Radiation on Earth
pp 432-445
24 - Solar Thermal Energy
pp 446-464
25 - Photovoltaic Solar Cells
pp 465-493
26 - Biological Energy
pp 494-513
27 - Ocean Energy Flow
pp 514-530
28 - Wind: A Highly Variable Resource
pp 531-555
29 - Fluids: The Basics
pp 556-576
30 - Wind Turbines
pp 577-590
31 - Energy from Moving Water: Hydro, Wave, Tidal, and Marine Current Power
pp 591-619
32 - Geothermal Energy
pp 620-644
33 - Fossil Fuels
pp 645-678
Part III - Energy System Issues and Externalities
pp 679-680
34 - Energy and Climate
pp 681-708
35 - Earth's Climate: Past, Present, and Future
pp 709-740
36 - Energy Efficiency, Conservation, and Changing Energy Sources
pp 741-774
37 - Energy Storage
pp 775-799
38 - Electricity Generation and Transmission
pp 800-829
Appendix A - Notation
pp 830-832
Appendix B - Some Basic Mathematics
pp 833-841
Appendix C - Units and Fundamental Constants
pp 842-843
Appendix D - Data
pp 844-845
References
pp 846-856
Index
pp 857-874
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Online ISBN: 9781139061292
Published online: 16 August 2019
Hardback ISBN: 9781107016651
Hardback publication date: 25 January 2018

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