When studying thermodynamics, do you feel lost in an alphabet soup of too many derivatives? Do you take a “random walk” through various identities hoping to stumble upon the right answer? If so, then this document will help! It describes a systematic way to express any thermostatics derivative in terms of fundamental thermodynamic state variables (pressure, temperature, entropy, and specific volume) and basic material properties such as specific heat, bulk modulus, thermal expansion coefficient, Gruneisen’s parameter, etc.
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