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    ISBN-10: 9814327522
    ISBN-13: 9789814327527
    Author(s): H. j. Kreuzer, Isaac Tamblyn
    Description: This book is designed for use in an introductory course in thermodynamics. It is aimed at students of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Engineering. As an undergraduate text, it gives a clear description of the theoretical framework of  More...
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    Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 240
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 1.232
    Language: English

    This book is designed for use in an introductory course in thermodynamics. It is aimed at students of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, and Engineering. As an undergraduate text, it gives a clear description of the theoretical framework of thermodynamics, while providing specific examples of its use in a wide variety of problems. These examples include topics that are atypical of undergraduate texts, such as biological systems, atmospheric phenomena, and polymers. The narrative is infused with historical notes on the characters who make up the story of thermodynamics, enlivening the material while keeping the reader engaged.

    Scope of Thermodynamics
    The verdict on thermodynamics
    The need for a macroscopic description
    Ideal gas: A macroscopic description
    Measurement of temperature
    Ideal gas: A microscopic description
    What will thermodynamics do for you?
    What does thermodynamics not do for you?
    The Structure of Thermodynamics
    Large systems
    Macroscopic variables
    Equilibrium: A question of time and history
    The fundamental relation: Entropy
    Measurement and walls
    Energy measurement
    The Laws of Thermodynamics
    Zeroth law: The fundamental relation
    First law: Energy conservation
    Second law: Entropy always rises
    Examples of the second law in physical systems
    Understanding the second law
    Consequences of the first and second laws
    Third law or Nernst's theorem: Zero temperature cannot be attained
    Intensive Variables
    Chemical potentials
    Intensive variables in the entropy representation
    More on the physical significance of intensive variables
    Euler equation and Gibbs-Duhem relation
    Simple Systems
    Second derivatives: expansion coefficient, compressibility, heat capacity, and more
    Mixture of ideal gases
    Gas reactions
    Blackbody radiation
    Thermodynamics of adsorbates
    Magnetic systems
    Fundamental relation for magnetic systems
    Thermodynamic Potentials
    Introducing internal constraints via reservoirs
    Helmholtz free energy
    Joule-Thomson "throttling" process
    Gas liquefaction
    Gibbs free energy
    Vapor pressure of small droplets
    Maxwell Relations
    Maxwell relations
    Reduction of derivatives
    Adiabatic compression
    Isothermal compression
    Free expansion
    Joule-Thomson throttling process
    Heating a room
    Engines, Hurricanes, and Athletes
    The Carnot cycle
    Maximum work theorem
    Engine efficiency
    Gasoline engine: the Otto cycle
    Diesel engine
    Otto versus Diesel
    Heat pump
    The greenhouse effect
    A Carnot engine
    Athletes: the human engine
    Thermodynamics in economics
    Stability of Thermodynamic Systems
    Macroscopic motion
    Thermodynamic inequalities
    Fluctuations and the principle of Le Chatelier and Braun
    Phase Transitions
    Latent heat
    Clausius-Clapeyron equation
    Van der Waals gas
    Metastability: supersaturated water and overheated liquid
    The critical point
    The law of corresponding states and universality
    Landau theory of phase transitions
    No phase transitions in one-dimensional systems (almost)
    Summary of Useful Results and Final Remarks
    Thermodynamic potentials
    Entropy S(U,V,N)
    Internal energy and others
    Ideal gas
    Van der Waals gas
    Joule-Thomson throttling
    Phase transitions
    Final remarks: beyond equilibrium thermodynamics
    Partial Derivatives and Differential Forms

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