# An Introduction to Mass and Heat Transfer by S. Middleman John New York (1998). 672 pages

код для вставкиСкачатьIn short, students just being introduced to fluid mechanics will find this an invaluable introduction, and lecturers who are unfamiliar with the depth of the topic will find the comments in the solution manual equally invaluable. Robert P. Mun School of Chemical Engineering Curtin University of Technology -0000000-- An Introduction to Mass and Heat Transfer, by S. Middleman, John Wiley, New York (1998). 672 pages. ISBN 0-471-1 1176-7. This is an unusual textbook, not least because of the order of treatment of the topics. Typically a text will examine heat transfer, thoroughly, and then in 1 or 2 chapters, add mass transfer as an analogous process. The author has reversed this trend and introduced mass transfer operations as the first part of the course, and then built heat transfer on this foundation. More importantly, both topics are given equal billing, so that neither is given a cursory examination, as so often occurs. The converse does occur, however, in that neither topic is as deeply covered as it could possibly be, but then the author never claimed this as an intention. What this textbook does, is introduce the student to the principles of the topic in such a way that they can build their knowledge from a strong foundation. It is geared towards the average student, with the aim of enabling them to look at phenomena, and develop a mathematical representation of it, and then, most importantly to evaluate the implications and accuracy of the model. This is achieved by the use of copious examples, each of which is thoroughly detailed and explained. Like the previous book, the sub-heading is also Principles of Analysis and Design. This is the key to this book, and why a student will find it invaluable. The basic theory is soundly introduced, and the examples build up to the examination of practical problems, so that the student can clearly see the assumptions that go into design work. Few students readily grasp the connection between heat, mass and momentum transfer fkom the time worn texts that are currently available. These texts are highly recommended, and held in great academic favour, but students often find the highly mathematical nature of these texts difficult to grasp. This is not a failure of the students, for ultimately very few are going to need this level of mathematics. They do not need to know the nuances of various mathematical constructs, because most will become practical, industrial engineers, who need a f m grasp of the basics, the ability to analyse a problem, and to come up with a solution. To aid the lecturer, a solutions manual is provided. This solutions manual is in many ways the best I have ever seen. All manuals provide solutions; some manuals provide a discussion of the results. This manual includes examples to further illustrate the discussion of the solution! It is clear that the author has considerable 642 experience in teaching this course, and he has done his utmost to provide the student and the lecturer with this knowledge. To be sure, the text has its faults, the index is brief, making it difficult to find the topics, but this is a minor point. Inevitably some topics are not covered. No introductory text could hope to cover every topic. I believe this is a good introductory work for undergraduate students. It would also be useful for nonengineers to read, in order to understand how to examine heat and mass transfer problems. Robert P. Mun School of Chemical Engineering Curtin University of Technology -0000000- 643

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