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Thermal Physics / Edition 1
     

Thermal Physics / Edition 1

by Ralph Baierlein
 

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ISBN-10: 0521658381

ISBN-13: 2900521658385

Pub. Date: 12/28/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The material in this book provides a comprehensive understanding of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory. It begins with a clear review of fundamental ideas and goes on to construct a conceptual foundation of four linked elements: entropy and the Second Law, the canonical probability distribution, the partition function, and the chemical potential

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The material in this book provides a comprehensive understanding of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory. It begins with a clear review of fundamental ideas and goes on to construct a conceptual foundation of four linked elements: entropy and the Second Law, the canonical probability distribution, the partition function, and the chemical potential. This foundation is used throughout the book to help explain new topics and exciting recent developments such as Bose-Einstein condensation and critical phenomena. The high-lighting of key equations, summaries of essential ideas, and an extensive set of problems of varying degrees of difficulty will allow readers to fully grasp both the basic and current aspects of the subject. A solutions manual is available for instructors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900521658385
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
460

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.

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