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An introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics / Keith Stowe.



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Stowe, Keith S., 1943-
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2nd ed. - Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • Book
  • xiii, 556 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 537) and index.
  • Preface-- Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction-- Part II. Small Systems: 2. Statistics for small systems-- 3. Systems with many elements-- Part III. Energy and the First Law: 4. Internal energy-- 5. Interactions between systems-- Part IV. States and the Second Law: 6. Internal energy and the number of accessible states-- 7. Entropy and the second law-- 8. Entropy and thermal interactions-- Part V. Constraints: 9. Natural contraints-- 10. Models-- 11. Choice of variables-- 12. Special processes-- 13. Engines-- 14. Diffusive interactions-- Part VI. Classical Statistics: 15. Probabilities and microscopic behaviours-- 16. Kinetic theory and transport processes in gases-- 17. Magnetic properties of materials-- 18. The partition function-- Part VII. Quantum Statistics: 19. Introduction to quantum statisitics-- 20. Quantum gases-- 21. Blackbody radiation-- 22. The thermal properties of solids-- 23. The electrical properties of materials-- 24. Low temperatures and degenerate systems-- Appendices-- Further reading-- Problem solutions-- Index.
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Publisher's Summary:
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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)

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