By Robert H. Swendsen

ISBN-10: 0199646945

ISBN-13: 9780199646944

this article provides the 2 complementary facets of thermal physics as an built-in idea of the houses of subject. Conceptual figuring out is promoted by means of thorough improvement of easy strategies. not like many texts, statistical mechanics, together with dialogue of the mandatory chance thought, is gifted first. this gives a statistical beginning for the concept that of entropy, that is critical to thermal physics. a distinct characteristic of the ebook is the
development of entropy in accordance with Boltzmann's 1877 definition; this avoids contradictions or advert hoc corrections present in different texts. particular basics offer a traditional grounding for complicated issues, reminiscent of black-body radiation and quantum gases. an in depth set of difficulties (solutions are
available for teachers in the course of the OUP website), many together with specific computations, enhance the center content material by means of probing crucial recommendations. The textual content is designed for a two-semester undergraduate direction yet will be tailored for one-semester classes emphasizing both point of thermal physics. it's also appropriate for graduate study.

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