Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics: An Integrated Approach, 1/e
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Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics: An Integrated Approach, 1/e

Author : Robert J. Hardy & Christian Binek
© Year : 2014
ISBN : 9781118501009
Pages : 510
Binding : Paperback
Weight : 0.90   kg

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This textbook brings together the fundamentals of the macroscopic and microscopic aspects of thermal physics by presenting thermodynamics and statistical mechanics as complementary theories based on small numbers of postulates. The book is designed to give the instructor flexibility in structuring courses for advanced undergraduates and/or beginning graduate students and is written on the principle that a good text should also be a good reference.
The presentation of thermodynamics follows the logic of Clausius and Kelvin while relating the concepts involved to familiar phenomena and the modern student's knowledge of the atomic nature of matter. Another unique aspect of the book is the treatment of the mathematics involved. The essential mathematical concepts are briefly reviewed before using them, and the similarity of the mathematics to that employed in other fields of physics is emphasized.
The text gives in depth treatments of low density gases, harmonic solids, magnetic and dielectric materials, phase transitions, and the concept of entropy. The microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical ensembles of statistical mechanics are derived and used as the starting point for the analysis of fluctuations, blackbody radiation, the Maxwell distribution, Fermi-Dirac statistics, Bose-Einstein condensation, and the statistical basis of computer simulations.

1. Fundamentals 3
2. First Law of Thermodynamics 19
3. Properties and Partial Derivatives 27
4. Processes in Gases 45
5. Phase Transitions 61
6. Reversible and Irreversible Processes 75
7. Second Law of Thermodynamics 91
8. Temperature Scales and Absolute Zero 109
9. State Space and Differentials 117
10. Entropy 139
11. Consequences of Existence of Entropy 165
12. Thermodynamic Potentials 185
13. Phase Transitions and Open Systems 201
14. Dielectric and Magnetic Systems 219
15. Molecular Models 237
16. Kinetic Theory of Gases 255
17. Microscopic Significance of Entropy 273
18. Ensembles 291
19. Partition Function 311
20. Quantum Systems 331
21. Independent Particles and Paramagnetism 349
22. Fluctuations and Energy Distributions 371
23. Generalizations and Diatomic Gases 393
24. Photons and Phonons 417
25. Grand Canonical Ensemble 435
26. Fermions and Bosons 445
27. Fermi and Bose Gases 461
28. Interacting Systems 475
29. Computer Simulations 489
Answers to Problems 505
Index 509

Robert J. Hardy :- Robert J. Hardy Department of Physics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Christian Binek :- Christian Binek Department of Physics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

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