An Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
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- Author: Keith Stowe, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
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This introductory textbook for standard undergraduate courses in thermodynamics has been completely rewritten to explore a greater number of topics, more clearly and concisely. Starting with an overview of important quantum behaviours, the book teaches students how to calculate probabilities in order to provide a firm foundation for later chapters. It introduces the ideas of classical thermodynamics and explores them both in general and as they are applied to specific processes and interactions. The remainder of the book deals with statistical mechanics. Each topic ends with a boxed summary of ideas and results, and every chapter contains numerous homework problems, covering a broad range of difficulties. Answers are given to odd-numbered problems, and solutions to even-numbered problems are available to instructors at www.cambridge.org/9781107694927.Read more
- The entire book has been rewritten and now covers more topics
- Contains a greater number of homework problems which range in difficulty from warm-ups to challenges
- Is concise and has an easy reading style
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"a well-written textbook for introductory courses in thermodynamics. ... The book has plenty of problems aimed at stimulating active learning by students, as well as being of great help to instructors. The summaries following the chapters are also important elements which facilitate learning." - B.L. Granovsky, Mathematical ReviewsSee more reviews
"… a very good text for undergraduate students … very readable."
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: April 2007
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511271656
- dimensions: 246 x 189 mm
- availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
Table of Contents
Part I. Introduction:
Part II. Small Systems:
2. Statistics for small systems
3. Systems with many elements
Part III. Energy and the First Law:
4. Internal energy
5. Interactions between systems
Part IV. States and the Second Law:
6. Internal energy and the number of accessible states
7. Entropy and the second law
8. Entropy and thermal interactions
Part V. Constraints:
9. Natural constraints
11. Choice of variables
12. Special processes
14. Diffusive interactions
Part VI. Classical Statistics:
15. Probabilities and microscopic behaviours
16. Kinetic theory and transport processes in gases
17. Magnetic properties of materials
18. The partition function
Part VII. Quantum Statistics:
19. Introduction to quantum statistics
20. Quantum gases
21. Blackbody radiation
22. The thermal properties of solids
23. The electrical properties of materials
24. Low temperatures and degenerate systems
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