- Module Goal: To establish the mathematical framework for thermodynamics of phase equilibrium.
- Module Objective: To highlight the importance of thermodynamic functions as functions of state.
The goal of this module, combined with all the background that we already have built on fluid behavior, is to establish a foundation for us to cultivate a culture of the appropriate utilization of thermodynamics.
- 14.4: Functions of State or State Functions
- A function of state is one in which the differential change is determined only by the end states and not by intervening states. Most thermodynamic variables are state functions and hence property changes are determined by the end states and not by the process path. Notable exceptions are work and heat.