Thermal Physics

ISBN-10: 0521658381

ISBN-13: 9780521658386

Edition: 1999

Authors: Ralph Baierlein
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Description: Clear and reader-friendly, this is an ideal textbook for students seeking an introduction to thermal physics. Written by an experienced teacher and extensively class-tested, Thermal Physics provides a comprehensive grounding in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory. A key feature of this text is its readily accessible introductory chapters, which begin with a review of fundamental ideas. Entropy, conceived microscopically and statistically, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics are introduced early in the book. Throughout, topics are built on a conceptual foundation of four linked elements: entropy and the Second Law, the canonical probability distribution, the partition function, and the chemical potential. As well as providing a solid preparation in the basics of the subject, the text goes on to explain exciting recent developments such as Bose-Einstein condensation and critical phenomena. Key equations are highlighted throughout, and each chapter contains a summary of essential ideas and an extensive set of problems of varying degrees of difficulty. A free solutions manual is available for instructors (ISBN 0521 658608). Thermal Physics is suitable for both undergraduates and graduates in physics and astronomy.

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Book details

List price: $105.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 460
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.068
Language: English

Mike Prest is Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Manchester.

Preface
Background
The second law of thermodynamics
Entropy and efficiency
Entropy in quantum theory
The canonical probability distribution
Photons and phonons
The chemical potential
The quantum ideal gas
Fermions and bosons at low temperature
The free energies
Chemical equilibrium
Phase equilibrium
The classical limit
Approaching zero
Transport processes
Critical phenomena
Epilogue
Appendixes
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