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An Introduction to Thermal Physics

Daniel V. Schroeder

January 2021

ISBN: 9780192895547

448 pages
Hardback
246x189mm

In Stock

Price: £60.00

This is a textbook for the standard undergraduate-level course in thermal physics. The book explores applications to engineering, chemistry, biology, geology, atmospheric science, astrophysics, cosmology, and everyday life.

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This is a textbook for the standard undergraduate-level course in thermal physics. The book explores applications to engineering, chemistry, biology, geology, atmospheric science, astrophysics, cosmology, and everyday life.

  • Balanced treatment of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics
  • Develops readers' computational skills and allows them to solve a wider range of problems
  • Explores applications in engineering, chemistry, biology, geology, atmospheric science, astrophysics, cosmology, and everyday life
  • Includes 486 homework problems

About the Author(s)

Daniel V. Schroeder, Professor of Physics, Weber State University

Daniel V. Schroeder is Professor of Physics at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, USA. He earned his PhD in Physics at Stanford University, then taught briefly at Pomona College and Grinnell College before coming to Weber State in 1993. He is the coauthor, with Michael E. Peskin, of An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory. From 2012 through 2016 he served as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physics.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I: Fundamentals
    1:Energy in Thermal Physics
    2:The Second Law
    3:Interactions and Implications
    Part II: Thermodynamics
    4:Engines and Refrigerators
    5:Free Energy and Chemical Thermodynamics
    Part III: Statistical Mechanics
    6:Boltzmann Statistics
    7:Quantum Statistics
    8:Systems of Interacting Particles
    Appendix A: Elements of Quantum Mechanics
    Appendix B: Mathematical Results
    Suggested Reading
    Reference Data
    Index

Reviews

"I am a great admirer of Schroeder's book. While writing a graduate textbook in the subject, I studied many books in statistical mechanics, at various levels of sophistication. Of these, Schroeder's text stood out. Indeed, it was the only one I envied — his sense of fun, his vivid explanations, and his deep insights into conceptual issues." - James P. Sethna, Cornell University, author of 'Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity', Second Edition, OUP 2021

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