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Introduction to Thermal Physics

Introduction to Thermal Physics - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0201380279

ISBN13: 978-0201380279
ISBN10: 0201380277
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc.
Published: 2000
International: No
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Introduction to Thermal Physics - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0201380279

Daniel V. Schroeder

ISBN13: 978-0201380279
ISBN10: 0201380277
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

This text provides a balanced, well-organized treatment of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, making thermal physics interesting and accessible to anyone who has completed a year of calculus-based introductory physics. Part I introduces essential concepts of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics from a unified view, applying concepts in a select number of illustrative examples. Parts II and III explore further applications of classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Throughout, the emphasis is on real-world applications.

Features

  • A balanced treatment of both classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, showing the relation between them without confusing the student.
  • A rich supply of applications capture students' attention and show how thermal physics relates to engineering, chemistry, earth science, condensed matter physics, astrophysics, and everyday life.
  • Integrated problems at the ends of sections and subsections encourage students to actively apply what they have been reading and check their understanding.
  • The text includes many problems that require the use of the computer; for instance, spreadsheet calculations, plotting, numerical integration, root finding, and Monte Carlo simulation.
  • Designed primarily for a one-semester course, the text also contains sufficient material for longer courses and advanced projects.
  • The text is accessible to anyone who has completed a year of calculus-based introductory physics.
  • A clear and lively writing style engages readers.


Table of Contents

I. FUNDAMENTALS.

1. Energy in Thermal Physics.
2. The Second Law.
3. Interactions and Implications.

II. THERMODYNAMICS.

4. Engines and Refrigerators.
5. Free Energy and Chemical Thermodynamics.

III. STATISTICAL MECHANICS.

6. Boltzmann Statistics.
7. Quantum Statistics.
8. Systems of Interacting Particles.

Appendix A. Elements of Quantum Mechanics.
Appendix B. Mathematical Results.
Reference Data.
Suggested Reading.

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