An introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics
 Author/Creator
 Stowe, Keith S., 1943
 Language
 English.
 Edition
 2nd ed.
 Imprint
 Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
 Physical description
 xiii, 556 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
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Contents/Summary
 Bibliography
 Includes bibliographical references (p. 537) and index.
 Contents

 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.
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Bibliographic information
 Publication date
 2007
 Responsibility
 Keith Stowe.
 ISBN
 9780521865579
 0521865573