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Thermal Physics

Thermal Physics
Solutions Manual

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  • Date Published: August 1999
  • availability: Please contact online@cambridge.org for pricing information
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521658607

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  • Clear and reader-friendly, this is an ideal textbook for students seeking an introduction to thermal physics. Written by an experienced teacher and extensively class-tested, Thermal Physics provides a comprehensive grounding in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory. A key feature of this text is its readily accessible introductory chapters, which begin with a review of fundamental ideas. Entropy, conceived microscopically and statistically, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics are introduced early in the book. Throughout, topics are built on a conceptual foundation of four linked elements: entropy and the Second Law, the canonical probability distribution, the partition function, and the chemical potential. As well as providing a solid preparation in the basics of the subject, the text goes on to explain exciting recent developments such as Bose-Einstein condensation and critical phenomena. Key equations are highlighted throughout, and each chapter contains a summary of essential ideas and an extensive set of problems of varying degrees of difficulty. A free solutions manual is available for instructors (ISBN 0521 658608). Thermal Physics is suitable for both undergraduates and graduates in physics and astronomy.

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    • Date Published: August 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521658607
    • length: 160 pages
    • dimensions: 298 x 212 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.448kg
    • availability: Please contact online@cambridge.org for pricing information
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Background
    2. The second law of thermodynamics
    3. Entropy and efficiency
    4. Entropy in quantum theory
    5. The canonical probability distribution
    6. Photons and phonons
    7. The chemical potential
    8. The quantum ideal gas
    9. Fermions and bosons at low temperature
    10. The free energies
    11. Chemical equilibrium
    12. Phase equilibrium
    13. The classical limit
    14. Approaching zero
    15. Transport processes
    16. Critical phenomena
    Epilogue
    Appendix A. Physical and mathematical data
    Appendix B. Examples of estimating occupation numbers
    Appendix C. The framework of probability theory
    Appendix D. Qualitative perspectives on the van der Waals equation
    Index.

  • Author

    Ralph Baierlein

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