Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

ISBN-10: 0521865573
ISBN-13: 9780521865579
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
Authors: Keith Stowe
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Book details

List price: $94.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/10/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 572
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 3.036

This introductory textbook for standard undergraduate courses in thermodynamics has been completely rewritten. Starting with an overview of important quantum behaviours, the book teaches students how to calculate probabilities, in order to provide a firm foundation for later chapters. It introduces the ideas of classical thermodynamics and explores them both in general and as they are applied to specific processes and interactions. The remainder of the book deals with statistical mechanics - the study of small systems interacting with huge reservoirs. The changes to this second edition have been made after more than 10 years classroom testing and student feedback. Each topic ends with a boxed summary of ideas and results, and every chapter contains numerous homework problems, covering a broad range of difficulties. Answers are given to odd numbered problems, and solutions to even problems are available to instructors at www.cambridge.org/9780521865579.

Keith Stowe is the Professor of Physics at California Polytechnic State University, and has worked there for 32 years. He has spent time at the University of Washington, Harvard University, the University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan. As well as the first edition of Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics he has written books on ocean science.

Preface
Introduction
Introduction
Small Systems
Statistics for small systems
Systems with many elements
Energy and the First Law
Internal energy
Interactions between systems
States and the Second Law
Internal energy and the number of accessible states
Entropy and the second law
Entropy and thermal interactions
Constraints
Natural contraints
Models
Choice of variables
Special processes
Engines
Diffusive interactions
Classical Statistics
Probabilities and microscopic behaviours
Kinetic theory and transport processes in gases
Magnetic properties of materials
The partition function
Quantum Statistics
Introduction to quantum statisitics
Quantum gases
Blackbody radiation
The thermal properties of solids
The electrical properties of materials
Low temperatures and degenerate systems
Appendices
Further Reading
Problem Solutions
Index

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