Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics: An Introduction to Key Concepts by Jochen RauStatistical Physics and Thermodynamics: An Introduction to Key Concepts by Jochen Rau

Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics: An Introduction to Key Concepts

byJochen Rau

Hardcover | October 28, 2017

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Statistical physics and thermodynamics describe the behaviour of systems on the macroscopic scale. Their methods are applicable to a wide range of phenomena: from heat engines to chemical reactions, from the interior of stars to the melting of ice. Indeed, the laws of thermodynamics are amongthe most universal ones of all laws of physics. Yet this subject can prove difficult to grasp. Many view thermodynamics as merely a collection of ad hoc recipes, or are confused by unfamiliar novel concepts, such as the entropy, which have little in common with the deterministic theories to whichstudents have got accustomed in other areas of physics.This text provides a concise yet thorough introduction to the key concepts which underlie statistical physics and thermodynamics. It begins with a review of classical probability theory and quantum theory, as well as a careful discussion of the notions of information and entropy, prior to embarkingon the development of statistical physics proper. The crucial steps leading from the microscopic to the macroscopic domain are rendered transparent. In particular, the laws of thermodynamics are shown to emerge as natural consequences of the statistical framework. While the emphasis is on clarifyingthe basic concepts, the text also contains a wealth of applications and classroom-tested exercises, covering all major topics of a standard course on statistical physics and thermodynamics.
Jochen Rau received degrees in physics and mathematics from Goethe University Frankfurt, University of Cambridge, and Duke University. He has taught theoretical physics at Goethe University Frankfurt and Ulm University, Germany, and is currently Professor of Mathematics at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
Title:Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics: An Introduction to Key ConceptsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pagesPublished:October 28, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199595062

ISBN - 13:9780199595068

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Quantum theory3. Constructing the state4. Simple systems5. Thermodynamics limit6. Perfect gas7. Processes and responses8. Phase transitionsReferencesIndex