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Thermal physics

Author: Ralph Baierlein
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 6. print., transferred to digital printView all editions and formats
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This textbook provides a clear, instructive and highly readable introduction to thermal physics.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ralph Baierlein
ISBN: 9780521590822 0521658381 9780521658386 0521590825
OCLC Number: 612239844
Description: XIII, 442 Seiten
Contents: Preface; 1. Background; 2. The second law of thermodynamics; 3. Entropy and efficiency; 4. Entropy in quantum theory; 5. The canonical probability distribution; 6. Photons and phonons; 7. The chemical potential; 8. The quantum ideal gas; 9. Fermions and bosons at low temperature; 10. The free energies; 11. Chemical equilibrium; 12. Phase equilibrium; 13. The classical limit; 14. Approaching zero; 15. Transport processes; 16. Critical phenomena; Epilogue; Appendix A. Physical and mathematical data; Appendix B. Examples of estimating occupation numbers; Appendix C. The framework of probability theory; Appendix D. Qualitative perspectives on the van der Waals equation; Index.
Responsibility: Ralph Baierlein.

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