A Survey of Thermodynamics

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A textbook or a backup for a course on thermodynamics, presenting considerable historical background, mainly to illustrate and emphasize the development of current concepts. For this reason, Bailyn focuses on the work of a few central people, particularly Gibbs, and shows the subject unfolding from their work. The volume is divided into three parts: origins, equilibrium thermodynamics, and underpinnings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780883187975
  • Publisher: American Institute of Physics
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Temperature and Equilibrium 3
A Temperature and Pressure
B Equilibrium
Ch. 2 Heat and Work 29
A Manifestations of Heat
B Caloric Models
C The Ideal Gas Law
D Adiabatic Heating
E The Heat-Work Equivalence
Ch. 3 The Emergence of Thermodynamics 70
A James Watt and Steam Engines
B Sadi Carnot and Rudolph Clausius; The First Law of Thermodynamics
C Cycles and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
D Carnot and Friends
E Thermoelectricity
Ch. 4 Entropy and the Second Law 113
A The Clausius Inequality
B Entropy
C Extensions and Consequences
D The Caratheodory Turnaround
Appendix: The Waterwheel Analogy 150
Ch. 5 Special Topics 155
A Fluids
B Entropy and Evolution
C Information and Entropy
Ch. 6 Equilibrium Thermodynamics 205
A Description of Equilibrium Systems
B The Variational Principles
Summary of the Theory 248
Ch. 7 Applications 253
A External Fields
B Phase Transitions
C Mixtures and Reactions
D Surfaces
E Solids
F The Gibbs Equation and Entropy Balance
Ch. 8 Secondary Effects: The Third Law of Thermodynamics 311
A The Le Chatelier-Braun Principle
B Low Temperatures
C The Third Law of Thermodynamics
Ch. 9 Phase Transitions 355
A The Van Der Waals Equation
B Liquid Helium; Continuous Transformations
Ch. 10 Microscopic Theories 409
A The Mechanical Approach
B Early Statistical Theories
C Boltzmann and Entropy
D Brownian Motion
Ch. 11 Statistical Mechanics 494
A Gibbs and Ensembles
B Quantum Statistics
C Quantum Ensembles
Ch. 12 Thermodynamics in Special Relativity 574
A Review of Special Relativity
B The Thermodynamics of Point Particles
C The Thermodynamics of Extended Objects; Pressure
D The Thermodynamics of Fluids
Appendix: Temperature on a Rotating Disk 643
Index 647
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