Thermal Physics / Edition 2

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For upper-division courses in thermodynamics or statistical mechanics, Kittel and Kroemer offers a modern approach to thermal physics that is based on the idea that all physical systems can be described in terms of their discrete quantum states, rather than drawing on 19th-century classical mechanics concepts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716710882
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 1/15/1980
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 792,359
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

1. States of a Model System
2. Entropy and Temperature
3. Boltzmann Distribution and Helmholtz Free Energy
4. Thermal Radiation and Planck Distribution
5. Chemical Potential and Gibbs Distribution
6. Ideal Gas
7. Fermi and Bose Gases
8. Heat and Work
9. Gibbs Free Energy and Chemical Reactions
10. Phase Transformations
11. Binary Mixtures
12. Cryogenics
13. Semiconductor Statistics
14. Kinetic Theory
15. Propagation

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  • Posted July 30, 2009

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    Good Book

    I used the book as an undergraduate. In my opinion it is well written at the same time covers very interesting topics. It does require some hard work and some referring for some concepts to other books, but over all it good. The problem sets are excellent to the appetite of eager students. Overall I it 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2002

    Terrific book

    This book is one of the best introductions to thermal physics that exists. Of course, it is an introduction, but it is also excellent preparation for more advanced treatments. The non-standard notation should not be a problem for anyone. The question is: are the basic concepts clearly explained, and, in that regard, this book is peerless. This book is most certainly not a 'bunch of meaningless mathematical identities', as claimed in another review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2002

    I must defend this book!

    I've never written a book review before but I must offer a counterpoint to the two 'poor' ratings I've seen. I used this book as an undergrad over 10 years ago. I referred to it frequently as a graduate student, and have grown to appreciate it more every year. The concepts are clearly and accurately (and succinctly!) explained, and while some terminology and notation is not standard this should not present a problem for the intellectually nimble student! I happened upon these reviews because I am shopping for another copy of the book, having misplaced my original. I am sincere in offering the 5-stars as this book has proved itself to be one of the most broadly useful and the most often referred to of my physics texts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    Horrible book!

    This book is one of the worst I have seen regarding statistical physics. The book dosn't discuss enough physics and therefore seems like a bunch of meaningless mathematical identities. The organization of the book isn't that great either, and uses unconventional notation. Even though I'm an undergraduate, I've understood more from graduate texts like Stat. Mech./Pathria than from this stinking book. Don't Buy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 1999

    Thermal Physics Inconsistent with Rest of Field

    Kittel and Kroemer's book was very difficult to use for my senior level Statistical and Thermal Physics course. The notation is poor and inconsistent with that used in other areas of physics. The chapters are choppy at best and do not offer descriptive analysis of the phenomenon covered. The problems were far too qualitative and provided very little physical insight. Although the book is easy to understand, it leaves the reader with several gaping holes in her/his physics education.

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