The Subject of Transport Phenomena
The purpose of this introductory chapter is to describe the scope, aims, and methods of the subject of transport phenomena. It is important to have some idea about the structure of the field before plunging into the details; without this perspective it is not possible to appreciate the unifying principles of the subject and the interrelation of the various individual topics. A good grasp of transport phenomena is essential for understanding many processes in engineering, agriculture, meteorology, physiology, biology, analytical chemistry, materials science, pharmacy, and other areas. Transport phenomena is a well-developed and eminently useful branch of physics that pervades many areas of applied science.