Concepts in Thermal Physics

ISBN-10: 0199562105

ISBN-13: 9780199562107

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Katherine M. Blundell, Stephen J. Blundell

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An understanding of thermal physics is crucial to much of modern physics, chemistry and engineering. This book provides a modern introduction to the main principles that are foundational to thermal physics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The key concepts are carefully presented in a clear way, and new ideas are illustrated with copious worked examples as well as a description of the historical background to their discovery. Applications are presented to subjects as diverse as stellar astrophysics, information and communication theory, condensed matter physics and climate change. Each chapter concludes with detailed exercises.
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 516
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

Preliminaries
Introduction
Heat
Probability
Temperature and the Boltzmann factor
Kinetic Theory Of Gases
The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution
Pressure
Molecular effusion
The mean free path and collisions
Transport And Thermal Diffusion
Transport properties in gases
The thermal diffusion equation
The First Law
Energy
Isothermal and adiobatic processes
The Second Law
Heat engines and the second law
Entropy
Information theory
Thermodynamics In Action
Thermodynamic potentials
Rods, bubbles and magnets
The third law
Statistical Mechanics
Equipartition of energy
The partition function
Statistical mechanics of an ideal gas
The chemical potential
Photons
Phonons
Beyond The Ideal Gas
Relativistic gases
Real gases
Cooling real gases
Phase transitions
Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions
Quantum gases and condensates
Special Topics
Sound waves
Shock waves
Brownian motion and fluctuations
Non-equilibrium thermodynamics
Stars
Compact objects
Earth's atmosphere
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