Concepts in Thermal Physics

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/30/2009
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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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.

Author Biography

Stephen Blundell did his undergraduate degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics at Peterhouse, Cambridge and his Ph. D. in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge. He moved to the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford to take up an SERC research fellowship, followed by a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton College, where he began research in organic magnets and superconductors using muon-spin rotation. In 1997 he was appointed to a University Lectureship in the Physics Department and a Tutorial Fellowship at Mansfield College, Oxford, and was subsequently promoted to Reader and then Professor. He was a joint winner of the Daiwa-Adrian Prize in 1999 for his work on organic magnets.
Katherine Blundell did her undergraduate degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics at New Hall College, Cambridge and her Ph. D. in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge. She moved to Oxford University Astrophysics department, holding a Junior Research Fellowship at Balliol College, an 1851 Research Fellowship, before taking up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Her research concentrates on radio galaxies and quasars. In 2005 she won a Leverhulme prize for her research, and became a Professor of Astrophysics in 2008.

Table of Contents

Temperature and the Boltzmann factor
Kinetic Theory Of Gases
The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution
Molecular effusion
The mean free path and collisions
Transport And Thermal Diffusion
Transport properties in gases
The thermal diffusion equation
The First Law
Isothermal and adiobatic processes
The Second Law
Heat engines and the second law
Information theory
Thermodynamics In Action
Thermodynamic potentials
Rods, bubbles and magnets
The third law
Statistical Mechanics
Equipartition of energy
The partition function
Statistical mechanics of an ideal gas
The chemical potential
Beyond The Ideal Gas
Relativistic gases
Real gases
Cooling real gases
Phase transitions
Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions
Quantum gases and condensates
Special Topics
Sound waves
Shock waves
Brownian motion and fluctuations
Non-equilibrium thermodynamics
Compact objects
Earth's atmosphere
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