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Striving to explore the subject in as simple a manner as possible, this book helps readers understand the elusive concept of entropy. Innovative aspects of the book include the construction of statistical entropy, the derivation of the entropy of classical systems from purely classical assumptions, and a statistical thermodynamics approach to the ideal Fermi and ideal Bose gases. Derivations are worked through step-by-step and important applications are highlighted in over 20 worked examples. Nearly 50 end-of-chapter exercises test readers' understanding. The book also features a glossary giving definitions for all essential terms, a time line showing important developments, and list of books for further study. It is an ideal supplement to undergraduate courses in physics, engineering, chemistry and mathematics.Read more
- Focuses on foundations and illustrative examples to help readers understand the origin and purposes of the concept of entropy
- Treats entropy across a range of topics, from thermodynamics, classical and quantum statistical mechanics, and information theory
- Gives expanded derivations, taking readers through each one step by step
Reviews & endorsements
"In A Student's Guide to Entropy, Don Lemons conveys both mathematical and physical intuition of entropy … [he] is very thorough, clear, and succinct in his explanations, making sure that no subtlety is left unnoticed or unaccounted for. The reader feels that he/she is being taught and guided by an experienced teacher of thermodynamics and entropy … This book will be essential not only to students but also to faculty who are charged with the difficult task of teaching a subject that involves entropy … a thorough, self-contained guide to entropy for students and teachers."
Effrosyni Seitaridou, American Journal of PhysicsSee more reviews
"The book is well written … Highly recommended."
"… a truly first-rate book on the subject, and I would happily recommend it as the main (and inexpensive) text for a course of statistical mechanics."
"A Student's Guide to Entropy is an excellent textbook for undergraduate students and early stage graduate students in physics and engineering. … Each concept is well defined - mathematical derivation of theories is rigorous and proceeds from fundamental notions to their final form in a methodical, step-by-step manner. The physical meaning of these equations is then explained in simple words, which is perhaps the most impressive feature of this book."
Prashant Khare, Contemporary Physics
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- Date Published: October 2013
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107653979
- length: 200 pages
- dimensions: 227 x 154 x 9 mm
- weight: 0.33kg
- contains: 38 b/w illus. 51 exercises
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Thermodynamic entropy
2. Statistical entropy
3. Entropy of classical systems
4. Entropy of quantized systems
5. Entropy of a non-isolated system
6. Entropy of Fermion systems
7. Entropy of Boson system
8. Entropy of information
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