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An Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics


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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 constraints; 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 statistics; 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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An introductory textbook for standard undergraduate courses in thermodynamics, covering important quantum behaviours, classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.

About the Author

Keith Stowe is the Professor of Physics at California Polytechnic State University, and has worked there for 32 years. He has spent time at University of Washington, Harvard, University of North Carolina and University of Michigan. As well as the first edition of Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics he has written books on ocean science.


'... a very good text for undergraduate students ... very readable.' The Observatory
"a well-written textbook for introductory courses in thermodynamics. ... The book has plenty of problems aimed at stimulating active learning by students, as well as being of great help to instructors. The summaries following the chapters are also important elements which facilitate learning." - B.L. Granovsky, Mathematical Reviews
"... a very good text for undergraduate students ... very readable." The Observatory

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