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Statistical Thermodynamics

Statistical Thermodynamics
Fundamentals and Applications

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  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521846356

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  • Building on the Maxwell-Boltzmann method of step-by-step development of the subject, this book makes few presumptions concerning students' previous exposure to statistics, quantum mechanics, or spectroscopy. The book begins with the fundamentals of statistical thermodynamics, pauses to recover needed knowledge from quantum mechanics and spectroscopy, and then moves on to applications involving ideal gases, the solid state, and radiation. A full introduction to kinetic theory is provided, including its applications to transport phenomena and chemical kinetics. Modern applications, such as laser-based diagnostics, are also discussed.

    • Self-contained exposition of statistical thermodynamics written especially for the novice
    • Background information, tabular data and spectroscopic parameters included in multiple appendices
    • Contains example problems and prompted homework problems
    • Application of statistical thermodynamics to laser-based diagnostics
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    '… presents a general and complete overview of statistical thermodynamics mainly for beginners or engineers, linking this science to quantum mechanics and to classical thermodynamics … Throughout the whole book, the author presents many figures which illustrate the concepts he introduces. He draws the computations with precise details and illustrates these computations with their physical background.' Alain Brillard, Zentralblatt MATH

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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521846356
    • length: 466 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.07kg
    • contains: 96 b/w illus. 64 tables 117 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Fundamentals of Statistical Thermodynamics:
    2. Probability and statistics
    Problem set I. Probability theory and statistical mathematics
    3. The statistics of independent particles
    4. Thermodynamics properties in the dilute limit
    Problem set II. Statistical modeling for thermodynamics
    Part II. Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy:
    5. Basics of quantum mechanics
    6. Quantum analysis of internal energy modes
    7. The spectroscopy of diatomic molecules
    Problem set III. Quantum mechanics and spectroscopy
    Part III. Statistical Thermodynamics in the Dilute Limit:
    8. Interlude: from particle to assembly
    9. Thermodynamic properties of the ideal gas
    Problem set IV. Thermodynamic properties of the ideal gas
    10. Statistical thermodynamics for ideal gas mixtures
    11. Concentration and temperature measurements
    Problem set V. Chemical equilibrium and diagnostics
    Part IV. Statistical Thermodynamics beyond the Dilute Limit:
    12. Thermodynamics and information
    13. Elements of the solid state
    14. Equilibrium radiation
    Problem set VI. The solid state and radiation
    Part V. Non-Equilibrium Statistical Thermodynamics:
    15. Elementary kinetic theory
    16. Kinetics of molecular transport
    17. Chemical kinetics
    Problem set VII. Kinetic theory and molecular transport
    Part VI. The Ensemble Method of Statistical Thermodynamics:
    18. The canonical and grand canonical ensembles
    19. Applications of ensemble theory to real gases
    Problem set VIII. Ensemble theory and the non-ideal gas
    20. Whence and whither
    Part VII. Appendices

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    Normand M. Laurendeau, Purdue University, Indiana
    Normand M. Laurendeau is the Ralph and Bettye Bailey Professor of Combustion at Purdue University. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of thermodynamics, combustion and engineering ethics. He conducts research in the combustion sciences, with particular emphasis on laser diagnostics, pollutant formation and flame structure. Dr Laurendeau is well known for his pioneering research on the development and application of both nanosecond and picosecond laser-induced fluorescence strategies to quantitative species concentration measurements in laminar and turbulent flames. He has authored or coauthored over 150 publications in the archival scientific and engineering literature. Professor Laurendeau is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the peer-reviewed journal Combustion Science and Technology.

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