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Principles of Thermodynamics

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  • Date Published: December 2018
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  • isbn: 9781108678469

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  • In this introductory textbook, thermodynamics is presented as a natural extension of mechanics, so that the laws and concepts learned in mechanics serve to get acquainted with the theory. The foundations of thermodynamics are presented in the first part. The second part covers a wide range of applications, which are of central importance in the fields of physics, chemistry and engineering, including calorimetry, phase transitions, heat engines and chemical reactions. In the third part, devoted to continuous media, Fourier and Fick's laws, diffusion equations and many transport effects are derived using a unified approach. Each chapter concludes with a selection of worked examples and several exercises, to reinforce key concepts under discussion. A full solutions manual is available at the end of the book. It contains more than 150 problems based on contemporary issues faced by scientists and engineers that are solved in detail for undergraduate and graduate students.

    • Applicable to many fields of research and development, it is relevant to students from physics, chemistry and engineering backgrounds
    • Exercises inspired by research allow the reader to develop an appreciation of modern research methods
    • Worked problems allow students to test their understanding of key concepts
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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108678469
    • contains: 176 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Foundations:
    1. Thermodynamic system and first law
    2. Entropy and second law
    3. Thermodynamics of subsystems
    4. Thermodynamic potentials
    Part II. Phenomenology:
    5. Calorimetry
    6. Phase transitions
    7. Heat engines
    8. Chemistry and electrochemistry
    Part III. Continuous Media:
    9. Matter and electromagnetic fields
    10. Thermodynamics of continuous media
    11. Thermodynamics of irreversible processes
    Part IV. Exercises and Solutions:
    12. Thermodynamic system and first law
    13. Entropy and second law
    14. Thermodynamics of subsystems
    15. Thermodynamic potentials
    16. Calorimetry
    17. Phase transitions
    18. Heat engines
    19. Chemistry and electrochemistry
    20. Matter and electromagnetic fields
    21. Thermodynamics of continuous media
    22. Thermodynamics of irreversible processes

  • Authors

    Jean-Philippe Ansermet, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
    Jean-Philippe Ansermet is a Professor of Physics at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Fellow of the American Physical Society and past President of the Swiss Physical Society. He coordinated the teaching of physics at EPFL for twelve years. His course on mechanics, taught for twenty-five years, was based on his texbook and a MOOC that has generated over a half million views. For more than fifteen years, he has taught thermodynamics to engineering and physics students. An expert in spintronics, he applies thermodynamics to analyse his pioneering experiments on giant magneto-resistance or heat-driven spin torques, and to predict novel effects.

    Sylvain D. Brechet, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
    Sylvain D. Bréchet completed his Ph.D. studies in theoretical cosmology at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge as an Isaac Newton fellow. He is University lecturer at the Institute of Physics at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He is teaching mechanics, thermodynamics and electromagnetism to first year students. His current research focuses on theoretical modelling in condensed matter physics and more particularly in spintronics. Merging the fields of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, continuum mechanics and electromagnetism, he brought new insight to spintronics and fluid mechanics. In particular, he predicted in 2013 the existence of a fundamental irreversible thermodynamic effect now known as the Magnetic Seebeck effect.

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