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Concepts in Thermal Physics
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CONCEPTS IN THERMAL PHYSICS

PAPERBACK BY BLUNDELL, STEPHEN J. (UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, UK); BLUNDELL, KATHERINE M. (UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, UK)

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ISBN
9780199562107
IMPRINT
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
 
 
EDITION
2ND REVISED EDITION
PUBLISHER
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
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FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
512 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
17 SEP 2009

DESCRIPTION

An understanding of thermal physics is crucial to much of modern physics, chemistry and engineering. This book provides a modern introduction to the main principles that are foundational to thermal physics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. The key concepts are carefully presented in a clear way, and new ideas are illustrated with copious worked examples as well as a description of the historical background to their discovery. Applications are presented to subjects as diverse as stellar astrophysics, information and communication theory, condensed matter physics and climate change. Each chapter concludes with detailed exercises. The second edition of this popular textbook maintains the structure and lively style of the first edition but extends its coverage of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics to include several new topics, including osmosis, diffusion problems, Bayes theorem, radiative transfer, the Ising model and Monte Carlo methods. New examples and exercises have been added throughout.

CONTENTS

I: PRELIMINARIES; II: KINETIC THEORY OF GASES; III: TRANSPORT AND THERMAL DIFFUSION; IV: THE FIRST LAW; V: THE SECOND LAW; VI: THERMODYNAMICS IN ACTION; VII: STATISTICAL MECHANICS; VIII: BEYOND THE IDEAL GAS; IX: SPECIAL TOPICS