The theory of thermodynamics

J.R. Waldram

This 1985 textbook presents the theory of thermodynamics in a highly interesting way. The presentation of the theory of heat is logical, compact and uncluttered, with an emphasis on the underlying physical model. Unlike other texts published at this time, in this approach the student adopts at the outset the master equation which describes the rate of scattering from one quantum state into another. This makes the link between thermodynamics and kinetics more obvious. Temperature and entropy are initially introduced as statistical concepts. Unlike most other treatments, this book has early sections on the Boltzmann distribution and classical thermodynamics, which may be used as a basis for first-year courses. The book also contains extensive graded exercises.

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  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction: thermodynamic systems seen from outside
  • 2. The statistical foundations
  • 3. Temperature
  • 4. Entropy
  • 5. Elementary theory of the ideal monatomic gas
  • 6. The basic principles of classical thermodynamics
  • 7. Energies in classical thermodynamics
  • 8. Thermodynamic relations
  • 9. Statistical calculation of thermodynamic quantities
  • 10. Waves in a box
  • 11. Systems with variable contents
  • 12. Indistinguishable particles
  • 13. Classical statistical mechanics
  • 14. The problem of the equation of state
  • 15. Electric and magnetic systems
  • 16. Fluctuations and the approach to equilibrium
  • 17. Transport properties
  • 18. Phase transitions
  • 19. The fundamental assumptions reviewed
  • Answers to problems
  • Appendices.

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書名 The theory of thermodynamics
著作者等 Waldram, J. R.
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1985
ページ数 xv, 336 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0521287960
NCID BA01170462
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス