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The Concepts of Classical Thermodynamics

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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521115193

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  • Professor Buchdahl presents a systematic exposition of classical thermodynamics, against a background of general physical theory and on a purely phenomenological (i.e. non-statistical) level. Although particular attention is paid to the meaning of the various concepts introduced, Professor Buchdahl is not afraid of making simplifications where these are likely to enhance the reader's understanding of the subject and the relationships between the principal and ancillary laws. The emphasis throughout is on meaning and physical significance. Specific applications of the general theory are discussed in two final chapters. This book, first published in 1966, is intended for the student who has taken a first course in analytical, though not axiomatic, development of the subject. It will supplement rather than replace, the many familiar introductory treatments of thermodynamics.

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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521115193
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. The zeroth law
    3. The first law
    4. Integrability
    5. The second law (part one)
    6. The second law (part two)
    7. The third law
    8. Potentials, constitutive coordinates and conditions of equilibrium
    9. Miscellaneous topics
    10. Applications (part one)
    11. Applications (part two)
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    H. A. Buchdahl, Australian National University, Canberra

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