Thermodynamics For Dummies
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You run across a few physical constants when working out thermodynamics problems. Following is a list of the constants you need when you’re working with potential energy, pressure, or the ideal gas law.

  • Acceleration of gravity: g = 9.81 m/s2

  • Standard atmospheric pressure: 1 atm = 101.3 kPa

  • Universal gas constant:


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Michael Pauken, PhD, is a senior mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, an operating division of the California Institute of Technology, where he also teaches courses on thermodynamics and heat transfer.

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