Concepts in Thermal Physics

Author: Stephen Blundell,Katherine M. Blundell

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0199562091

Category: Science

Page: 493

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This text provides a modern introduction to the main principles of thermal physics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The key concepts are presented and new ideas are illustrated with worked examples as well as description of the historical background to their discovery.
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Thermal Physics, Second Edition

Author: C.B.P. Finn

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780748743797

Category: Science

Page: 272

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Concise yet thorough, accessible, authoritative, and affordable. These are the hallmarks of books in the remarkable Physics and its Applications series. Thermodynamics is an essential part of any physical sciences education, but it is so full of pitfalls and subtleties, that many students fail to appreciate its elegance and power. In Thermal Physics, the author emphasizes understanding the basic ideas and shows how the important thermodynamics results can be simply obtained from the fundamental relations without getting lost in a maze of partial differentials. In this second edition, Dr. Finn incorporated new sections on scales of temperature, availability, the degradation of energy, and lattice defects. The text contains ample illustrations and examples of applications of thermodynamics in physics, engineering, and chemistry.
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Sturge's Statistical and Thermal Physics, Second Edition

Author: Jeffrey Olafsen

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781482256000

Category: Statistical physics

Page: 412

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This fully revised and updated edition provides a uniquely accessible introduction to the principles and applications of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Based on the highly acclaimed text by famous physicist M.D. Sturge, it continues its emphasis on explaining concepts with simple mathematics and plain English, as well as consistent use of terminology and notation. The new edition includes a chapter on non-equilibrium thermodynamics and many new examples from soft condensed matter physics. Additionally, chapters have been reorganized for better flow.
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Statistical and Thermal Physics

An Introduction

Author: Michael J.R. Hoch

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1439850542

Category: Science

Page: 450

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Concepts and relationships in thermal and statistical physics form the foundation for describing systems consisting of macroscopically large numbers of particles. Developing microscopic statistical physics and macroscopic classical thermodynamic descriptions in tandem, Statistical and Thermal Physics: An Introduction provides insight into basic concepts at an advanced undergraduate level. Highly detailed and profoundly thorough, this comprehensive introduction includes exercises within the text as well as end-of-chapter problems. The first section of the book covers the basics of equilibrium thermodynamics and introduces the concepts of temperature, internal energy, and entropy using ideal gases and ideal paramagnets as models. The chemical potential is defined and the three thermodynamic potentials are discussed with use of Legendre transforms. The second section presents a complementary microscopic approach to entropy and temperature, with the general expression for entropy given in terms of the number of accessible microstates in the fixed energy, microcanonical ensemble. The third section emphasizes the power of thermodynamics in the description of processes in gases and condensed matter. Phase transitions and critical phenomena are discussed phenomenologically. In the second half of the text, the fourth section briefly introduces probability theory and mean values and compares three statistical ensembles. With a focus on quantum statistics, the fifth section reviews the quantum distribution functions. Ideal Fermi and Bose gases are considered in separate chapters, followed by a discussion of the "Planck" gas for photons and phonons. The sixth section deals with ideal classical gases and explores nonideal gases and spin systems using various approximations. The final section covers special topics, specifically the density matrix, chemical reactions, and irreversible thermodynamics.
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Statistical Mechanics Made Simple

Author: Daniel Charles Mattis,Robert H. Swendsen

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9812779086

Category: Science

Page: 335

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This second edition extends and improves on the first, illustrating through myriad examples, the principles and logic used in extending the simple laws of idealised Newtonian physics and quantum physics into the real world of noise and thermal fluctuations.
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Theoretical Concepts in Physics

An Alternative View of Theoretical Reasoning in Physics

Author: Malcolm S. Longair

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521528788

Category: Science

Page: 569

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A novel and integrated approach to physics, covering background history, basic tools and modern techniques.
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Concise Chemical Thermodynamics, 2nd Edition

Author: A.P.H. Peters,J.R.W. Warn

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 020349427X

Category: Science

Page: 204

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The first edition of Concise Chemical Thermodynamics proved to be a very popular introduction to a subject many undergraduate students perceive as a difficult topic, because it presented thermodynamics with practical chemical examples in a way that used little mathematics. In this second edition the text has been carefully revised to ensure the same approach is maintained. Students are led to an understanding of Gibbs free energy early on, and the concept is demonstrated in several different fields. The book includes discussions of experimental equilibrium data, an introduction to electrochemistry, a brief survey of Ellingham diagrams, and a treatment of entropy without reference to the Carnot cycle. A new chapter on computer-based methods in thermodynamics has been added to reflect current technological trends and practices. Thermodynamic data has been revised in light of information provided by the work of the Scientific Group Thermodata Europe, to ensure that the symbols and units reflect the latest IUPAC rules. In addition, the problems and examples have been updated, replaced, and amplified to reflect current understanding and concerns. Undergraduate students of chemistry will find this an ideal introduction to chemical thermodynamics.
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