Thermodynamics: A complete undergraduate course by Andrew M. SteaneThermodynamics: A complete undergraduate course by Andrew M. Steane

Thermodynamics: A complete undergraduate course

byAndrew M. Steane

Paperback | October 29, 2016

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The role of thermodynamics in modern physics is not just to provide an approximate treatment of large thermal systems, but, more importantly, to provide an organising set of ideas. Thermodynamics: A complete undergraduate course presents thermodynamics as a self-contained and elegant set ofideas and methods. It unfolds thermodynamics for undergraduate students of physics, chemistry or engineering, beginning at first year level. The book introduces the necessary mathematical methods, assuming almost no prior knowledge, and explains concepts such as entropy and free energy at length,with many examples. This book aims to convey the style and power of thermodynamic reasoning, along with applications such as Joule-Kelvin expansion, the gas turbine, magnetic cooling, solids at high pressure, chemical equilibrium, radiative heat exchange and global warming, to name a few. It mentions but does notpursue statistical mechanics, in order to keep the logic clear.
Andrew M. Steane was born in Bath, England (1965) and educated at Christ's Hospital school and Oxford University. He has been Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford since 2002. His scientific research concerns quantum computing and fundamental physics. Steane was awarded the Maxwell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics...
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Title:Thermodynamics: A complete undergraduate courseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pagesPublished:October 29, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. How to use this book2. Introducing thermodynamics3. A survey of thermodynamic ideas4. Some general knowledge5. Mathematical tools6. Zeroth law, equation of state7. First Law, internal energy8. The Second Law and entropy9. Understanding entropy10. Heat flow and thermal relaxation11. Practical heat engines12. Introducing chemical potential13. Functions and methods14. Elastic bands, rods, bubbles, magnets15. Modelling real gases16. Expansion and flow processes17. Stability and free energy18. Reinventing the subject19. Thermal radiation20. Radiative heat transfer21. Chemical reactions22. Phase change23. The Third Law24. Phase change, nucleation and solutes25. Continuous phase transitions26. Self-gravitation and negative heat capacity27. Fluctuations28. Thermoelectricity and entropy flow

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"It is a delight to contemplate learning thermodynamics from a text such as this. The author writes with energy and enthusiasm and manages to convey his interest to the reader. His leisurely style with many illustrative examples provides good explanations of difficult points and concepts.Although I expect the primary readers to be undergraduates in physics, I think his approach is suitable for students or researchers in other subjects, such as chemistry or biophysics, who wish to study particular topics in thermodynamics." --David Matravers, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth