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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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $116.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/15/1999
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Mike Prest is Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Manchester.
|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|
|The classical limit|