Twenty Lectures on Thermodynamics

Twenty Lectures on Thermodynamics

1st Edition - January 1, 1975

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  • Author: H. A. Buchdahl
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483150444

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Twenty Lectures on Thermodynamics is a course of lectures, parts of which the author has given various times over the last few years. The book gives the readers a bird's eye view of phenomenological and statistical thermodynamics. The book covers many areas in thermodynamics such as states and transition; adiabatic isolation; irreversibility; the first, second, third and Zeroth laws of thermodynamics; entropy and entropy law; the idea of the application of thermodynamics; pseudo-states; the quantum-static al canonical and grand canonical ensembles; and semi-classical gaseous systems. The text is recommended for physics students who are in need of a basic yet effective knowledge in the foundations of thermodynamics, as the book explains its many concepts in such an elementary and pedagogic manner, giving the readers a greater understanding of the core of the subject.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Lecture 1. Preliminary Remarks

    Lecture 2. Thermodynamic Systems

    Lecture 3. States and Transitions. Adiabatic Isolation. Irreversibility

    Lecture 4. The Second Law. Entropy and the Entropy Principle

    Lecture 5. The First Law. Energy and Heat

    Lecture 6. The Zeroth Law

    Lecture 7. Entropy Revisited: Metrical Entropy and Absolute Temperature

    Lecture 8. Constitutive Coordinates. Characteristic Functions

    Lecture 9. The Sign of T. The Third Law

    Lecture 10. Pseudo-States. Equilibrium Conditions. The Phase Rule

    Lecture 11. The Idea of 'Applications of Thermodynamics'

    Lecture 12. Pseudo-States Revisited: Phenomenological Theory of Fluctuations. Ensembles

    Lecture 13. Microscopic Structure and Statistical Thermodynamics

    Lecture 14. The Canonical Ensemble

    Lecture 15. The Grand Canonical Ensemble. The Constant A. The Constant-Pressure Ensemble

    Lecture 16. The Entropy Principle. Implications of the Third Law

    Lecture 17. The Quantum-Statistical Canonical and Grand Canonical Ensembles

    Lecture 18. Semi-Classical Gaseous Systems

    Lecture 19. Ideal Fermion and Boson Gases

    Lecture 20. Historical Remarks. Negative Absolute Temperatures

    Notes 1-75

    Solutions of Problems

    List of Principal Symbols


Product details

  • No. of pages: 114
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1975
  • Published: January 1, 1975
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483150444

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H. A. Buchdahl

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