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Thermal Physics
Concepts and Practice

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  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107006492

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  • Thermodynamics has benefited from nearly 100 years of parallel development with quantum mechanics. As a result, thermal physics has been considerably enriched in concepts, technique and purpose, and now has a dominant role in the developments of physics, chemistry and biology. This unique book explores the meaning and application of these developments using quantum theory as the starting point. The book links thermal physics and quantum mechanics in a natural way. Concepts are combined with interesting examples, and entire chapters are dedicated to applying the principles to familiar, practical and unusual situations. Together with end-of-chapter exercises, this book gives advanced undergraduate and graduate students a modern perception and appreciation for this remarkable subject.

    • Takes a contemporary approach to thermal physics, linking it to quantum mechanics by using quantum theory as a starting point
    • Explores the application of thermal physics in physics, chemistry and biology
    • Contains numerous examples, including whole chapters dedicated to using the concepts in familiar, practical and unusual situations
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107006492
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 195 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • contains: 55 b/w illus. 54 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introducing thermodynamics
    2. Onward to thermodynamics
    3. The First Law
    4. A mathematical digression
    5. Thermodynamics potentials
    6. On knowing the unknowable
    7. The ideal gas
    8. The 2-level system
    9. Lattice heat capacity
    10. Elastomers - entropy springs
    11. Thermodynamics of magnetism
    12. Open systems
    13. The amazing chemical potential
    14. Thermodynamics of radiation
    15. Ideal Fermi gas
    16. Ideal Bose–Einstein system
    17. Thermodynamics and the CMB

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Multidisciplinary Reactor Physics Course
  • Author

    Allen L. Wasserman, Oregon State University
    Allen L. Wassermann is Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Physics, Oregon State University. His research area is condensed matter physics.

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