July 11, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 552 Pages - 107 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482256000 - CAT# K24041
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This fully revised and updated edition provides a uniquely accessible introduction to the principles and applications of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Based on the highly acclaimed text by famous physicist M.D. Sturge, it continues its emphasis on explaining concepts with simple mathematics and plain English, as well as consistent use of terminology and notation. The new edition includes a chapter on non-equilibrium thermodynamics and many new examples from soft condensed matter physics. Additionally, chapters have been reorganized for better flow.
The Fundamentals of Modern Thermodynamics. Macrostates and Microstates. Entropy, Free Energy, and 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. The Canonical Distribution: The Boltzmann Factor and the Partition Function. Continuous Energy Levels, the Density of States, and Equipartition. Systems with a Variable Number of Particles: The Chemical Potential. The Thermodynamics of Gases. Perfect Gases. Ideal and Imperfect Gases. The Photon Gas and Blackbody Spectrum. The Bose Gas: Bose-Einstein Condensation. The Fermi-Gas: Pauli Exclusion Principle and the Fermi Pressure. Modern Thermostatistical Applications. Electrons and Holes in Semiconductors. Phase Transitions. Transport Processes. Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics: Relaxing the Equilibrium Condition. Biological, Chemical, and Computational Systems. Appendices. Expansion in Series. Review of Quantized States. Proof that Zero’th Law Implies the Existence of a Temperature. Probability Theory. The Correspondence Principle: Equivalence of Macroscopic and Microscopic Thermodynamics. Differentials, Partial Derivatives, and the Maxwell Relationships. Standing Wave Solutions of the Wave Equation. The Equipartition Theorem. Kinetic Theory of Gases. Fractals and Chaos. Glossary. List of Symbols. Physical Constants and Physical Data. Bibliography.
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