Teaching the third law of thermodynamics

Klimenko, A. Y. (2012) Teaching the third law of thermodynamics. Open Thermodynamics Journal, 6 1-14. doi:10.2174/1874396X01206010001

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Author Klimenko, A. Y.
Title Teaching the third law of thermodynamics
Journal name Open Thermodynamics Journal
ISSN 1874-396X
Publication date 2012-01-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.2174/1874396X01206010001
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Place of publication Bussum, AG, Netherlands
Publisher Bentham Open
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This work gives a brief summary of major formulations of the third law of thermodynamics and their
implications, including the impossibility of perpetual motion of the third kind. The last sections of this work review more
advanced applications of the third law to systems with negative temperatures and negative heat capacities. The relevance
of the third law to protecting the arrow of time in general relativity is also discussed. Additional information, which may
be useful in analysis of the third law, is given in the Appendices.

This short review is written to assist lecturers in selecting a strategy for teaching the third law of thermodynamics to
engineering and science students. The paper provides a good summary of the various issues associated with the third law,
which are typically scattered over numerous research publications and not discussed in standard textbooks.
Keyword Laws of thermodynamics
Perpetual motion of the third kind
Thermodynamics of black holes
Engineering education
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