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Thermal Physicsby Ralph Baierlein
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Suitable for both undergraduates and graduates, this textbook provides an up-to-date, accessible introduction to thermal physics. The material provides a comprehensive understanding of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory, and has been extensively tested in the classroom by the author who is an experienced teacher. This book 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 highlighting 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. This book is an invaluable textbook for students in physics and astronomy.
This textbook provides a clear, instructive and highly readable introduction to thermal physics.
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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