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 st...show moreatistical mechanics. Throughout, the emphasis is on real-world applications.
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.
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