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Thermodynamics

A complete undergraduate course

Andrew M. Steane

September 2016

ISBN: 9780198788577

464 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

In Stock

Price: £31.49

Presents thermodynamics as self-contained and elegant set of ideas and methods. Introduces the necessary mathematical methods assuming no prior knowledge. Explains concepts like entropy and free energy with many examples.

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Presents thermodynamics as self-contained and elegant set of ideas and methods. Introduces the necessary mathematical methods assuming no prior knowledge. Explains concepts like entropy and free energy with many examples.

  • A thorough treatment of thermodynamics for any undergraduate course
  • Designed for the learning process and helps students to self-teach
  • Physical intuition into entropy and thermodynamic potentials
  • Clear and careful explanation
  • Many figures, examples, and exercises

About the Author(s)

Andrew M. Steane, University Lecturer and Fellow, University of Oxford and Exeter College

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 in 2000 for his work on quantum error correction. He has given numerous public lectures and school demonstrations in physics. He is the author of "The Wonderful World of Relativity" (OUP, 2011), "Relativity Made Relatively Easy" (OUP, 2012) and "Faithful to Science" (OUP, 2014).

Table of Contents

    1:How to use this book
    2:Introducing thermodynamics
    3:A survey of thermodynamic ideas
    4:Some general knowledge
    5:Mathematical tools
    6:Zeroth law, equation of state
    7:First Law, internal energy
    8:The Second Law and entropy
    9:Understanding entropy
    10:Heat flow and thermal relaxation
    11:Practical heat engines
    12:Introducing chemical potential
    13:Functions and methods
    14:Elastic bands, rods, bubbles, magnets
    15:Modelling real gases
    16:Expansion and flow processes
    17:Stability and free energy
    18:Reinventing the subject
    19:Thermal radiation
    20:Radiative heat transfer
    21:Chemical reactions
    22:Phase change
    23:The Third Law
    24:Phase change, nucleation and solutes
    25:Continuous phase transitions
    26:Self-gravitation and negative heat capacity
    27:Fluctuations
    28:Thermoelectricity and entropy flow

Reviews

"Reading this textbook from the beginning till the end will be easy, enjoyable and enlightening." - M. P. Gururajan, Contemporary Physics

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