An Introduction to Thermal Physics : 9780201380279

An Introduction to Thermal Physics

Schroeder, Daniel
 
Edition
 
1
ISBN
 
9780201380279
ISBN 10
 
0201380277
Published
 
18/08/1999
Published by
 
Pearson Higher Ed USA
Pages
 
432
Format
 
In stock
 
Title type
Book
$100.99
 
 
 
Description

This text provides a balanced, well-organized treatment of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, making thermal physics interesting and accessible to anyone who has completed a year of calculus-based introductory physics. Part I introduces essential concepts of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics from a unified view, applying concepts in a select number of illustrative examples. Parts II and III explore further applications of classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Throughout, the emphasis is on real-world applications.

Table of contents
  • I. FUNDAMENTALS.
  • 1. Energy in Thermal Physics.
  • 2. The Second Law.
  • 3. Interactions and Implications.
  • II. THERMODYNAMICS.
  • 4. Engines and Refrigerators.
  • 5. Free Energy and Chemical Thermodynamics.
  • III. STATISTICAL MECHANICS.
  • 6. Boltzmann Statistics.
  • 7. Quantum Statistics.
  • 8. Systems of Interacting Particles.
  • Appendix A. Elements of Quantum Mechanics.
  • Appendix B. Mathematical Results.
  • Reference Data.
  • Suggested Reading.
Features & benefits
  • A balanced treatment of both classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, showing the relation between them without confusing the student. 
  • A rich supply of applications capture students' attention and show how thermal physics relates to engineering, chemistry, earth science, condensed matter physics, astrophysics, and everyday life. P
  • Integrated problems at the ends of sections and subsections encourage students to actively apply what they have been reading and check their understanding.
  • The text includes many problems that require the use of the computer; for instance, spreadsheet calculations, plotting, numerical integration, root finding, and Monte Carlo simulation.
  • Designed primarily for a one-semester course, the text also contains sufficient material for longer courses and advanced projects.
  • The text is accessible to anyone who has completed a year of calculus-based introductory physics.
  • A clear and lively writing style engages readers.