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An Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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  • Author: Keith Stowe, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511271656

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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

    • 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 Reviews

    "… a very good text for undergraduate students … very readable."
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    Product details

    • 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:
    1. 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
    10. Models
    11. Choice of variables
    12. Special processes
    13. Engines
    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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    Keith Stowe, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    Keith Stowe is the Professor of Physics at California Polytechnic State University, and has worked there for 32 years. He has spent time at the University of Washington, Harvard University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan. As well as the first edition of Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics he has written books on ocean science.

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