The word thermodynamics comes from the two Greek words, “thermo” means heat and “dynamics” means power, as in general known as heat power. And this post is about important terms used in thermodynamics.

Thermodynamics is the science of energy with deals with the transfer of energy from one place to another and from one form to another form. It mainly deals with heat and work energy and their effect on properties of substances.

According to the dictionary the branch of physical science that deals with the relations between heat and other forms of energy (such as mechanical, electrical, or chemical energy), and, by extension, of the relationships between all forms of energy.

The thermodynamic energy was developed to increase the efficiency of early steam engines. The thermodynamics works on the principally based on three laws of thermodynamics which are universally valid when applied to systems.

## Following are the Important Terms Used in Thermodynamics:

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- Mass
- Force
- Pressure
- Volume
- Specific Volume
- Density
- Temperature
- Work
- Energy
- Heat
- Power
- Enthalpy
- Entropy

### Mass

It is the amount of matter contained in a given body and it does not vary with the change in its position on the earth’s surface. Mass is measured in **Kg.**

### Force

Force is defined as an agent, which produces or destroys the motion. The formula for force is Force=mass X acceleration (**F=m Χ a). **and the unit is **Kg-m/s² or N (Newton)**

### Pressure

Pressure is defined as the normal force per unit area. The formula for pressure is **P=F/A.**

**N / m²**or**N / mm²**or**KN/ m²**or**KN / mm²**- In general, the pressure is expressed in terms of ”
**BAR”**. **One bar = 1 Χ 10**^{5}N / m².- Sometimes the pressure is also expressed in terms of
**”PASCAL”.** **One Pascal = 1 N / m².**

### Volume

The volume of the gas is defined as space, which the gas occupies. It is written in **V**. It is expressed in **m³.** Where 1m³=1000 litres.

### Specific Volume

The specific volume of a substance is its volume per unit mass. It is written as **Vs**. And it is expressed in **m³/ kg. **Where specific volume = volume/mass.

### Density

The density of a substance is its mass per unit volume. Density wrote as ò. And it is expressed in** kg / m³. **

### Tempreture

**The temperature of a substance is the degree of hotness or coldness of a body**. Temperature is written as **T**. It is measured using a device called **“THERMOMETER**“.

The conditions of temperature and pressure at** 0ºC and 760mm of Hg** respectively are termed as** N.T.P conditions**. the conditions of temperature and pressure at 15º C and 760mm of Hg respectively are termed as S.T.P conditions.

Two scales are used for measuring the temperature,

- Centigrade Scale
- Fahrenheit Scale

The unit of temperature is expressed in terms of **ºC** (degree centigrade) or **K** (Kelvin). The relationship between **K=ºC+273**. Similarly, the relationship between ** R= ºF + 460**. The relationship between centigrade and Fahrenheit scale is given by **C / 5 = F- 32 / 9.**

### Work

**Work **is defined as the** product of force (F) & distance moved (X) **in the direction of applied force. The formula for work is **W = F x X. **and it is expressed in terms of **N-m** or **Joule**, i.e., **1 N-m = 1 J (Joule).**

### Energy

**Energy is defined as the capacity to do work. T**here are two types of energy Stored energy (S) & Transit energy (T). Energy is written as E. And it is expressed in terms of **N-m** or **Joule**, i.e., **1 N-m= 1 J (Joule).**

**1. Stored energy (S)**

IT is the energy possessed by a system within its boundaries. Ex:

- potential energy (P.E = mgh),
- kinetic energy (K.E = ½ mv²),
- internal energy (U).

Explanation.

**Potential energy**is the energy possessed by a body or system by the virtue of its position.**Kinetic energy**is the energy possessed by a body or a system by the virtue of its motion.**Internal energy**is the energy possessed by a body or a system due its molecular arrangement or motion of molecules.

Always the **total energy** is the** sum** of PE‚ KE & **Internal energy**. Formula Total Energy = P.E+ K.E+U

**2.** **Transit energy or energy in transition (T)**

It is the energy possessed by the system, which is capable of crossing the system boundaries. Ex: heat, work & electrical energy.

### Heat

Heat is defined as the energy transferred across the boundary of a system because of the temperature difference between the system & surrounding. The formula for heat is written as **Q**. And it is expressed in terms, **Joule.**

Heat is taken as +ve if it flows into the system from the surroundings and it is taken as -ve if it flows from system to the surrounding.

### Power

**power is defined as the rate of doing work or ratio work ****done to the time** **taken. **The formula of power is **P= W/ t.** And it is expressed in term of **Joule /sec **or** watt**, i.e.,** 1 Joule/ sec = 1 watt.**

Where Power = work done / Time taken.

### Enthalpy

It is defined as the sum of the internal energy (U) & product pressure & volume (PV). The formula is **H = U+PV. **It is expressed in terms of **N-m** or **Joule.**

### Entropy

It is the thermodynamic property of a working substance, which increases with the addition of heat and decreases with the removal of heat. Entropy, in general, is expressed as a function of pressure & temperature. It is expressed in term of **KJ / ºK.**

formula **δQ = T ds**

where, δQ = heat added or rejected. T = absolute temperature ds = Change in entropy.

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