### What's included

## Overview

This book provides a solid introduction to the classical and statistical theories of thermodynamics while assuming no background beyond general physics and advanced calculus. Though an acquaintance with probability and statistics is helpful, it is not necessary. **KEY TOPICS:** Providing a thorough, yet concise treatment of the phenomenological basis of thermal physics followed by a presentation of the statistical theory, this book presupposes no exposure to statistics or quantum mechanics. It covers several important topics, including a mathematically sound presentation of classical thermodynamics; the kinetic theory of gases including transport processes; and thorough, modern treatment of the thermodynamics of magnetism. It includes up-to-date examples of applications of the statistical theory, such as Bose-Einstein condensation, population inversions, and white dwarf stars. And, it also includes a chapter on the connection between thermodynamics and information theory. Standard International units are used throughout.**MARKET:** An important reference book for every professional whose work requires and understanding of thermodynamics: from engineers to industrial designers.ÿ

## Table of contents

*Each chapter concludes with Problems.*)

**1. The Nature of Thermodynamics.**

**2. Equations of State.**

*P-v-T*Surfaces for Real Substances. Expansivity and Compressibility. An Application.

**3. The First Law of Thermodynamics.**

**4. Applications of the First Law.**

*u*and

*h*. Work Done in an Adiabatic Process.

**5. Consequences of the First Law.**

**6. The Second Law of Thermodynamics.**

**7. Applications of the Second Law.**

*Tds*Equations. Entropy Change in Irreversible Processes. Free Expansion of an Ideal Gas. Entropy Change for a Liquid or Solid.

**8. Thermodynamic Potentials.**

**9. The Chemical Potential and Open Systems.**

**10. The Third Law of Thermodynamics.**

**11. The Kinetic Theory of Gases.**

**12. Statistical Thermodynamics.**

**13. Classical and Quantum Statistics.**

**14. The Classical Statistical Treatment of an Ideal Gas.**

**15. The Heat Capacity of a Diatomic Gas.**

**16. The Heat Capacity of a Solid.**

**17. The Thermodynamics of Magnetism.**

**18. Bose-Einstein Gases.**

**19. Fermi-Dirac Gases.**

**20. Information Theory.**

**Appendix A. Review of Partial Differentiation.**

**Appendix B. Stirling's Approximation.**

**Appendix C. Alternative Approach to Finding the Boltzmann Distribution.**

**Appendix D. Various Integrals.**

**Bibliography.**

**Answers to Selected Problems.**

**Index.**

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