Twenty Lectures on Thermodynamics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080182995, 9781483150444

Twenty Lectures on Thermodynamics

1st Edition

Authors: H. A. Buchdahl
eBook ISBN: 9781483150444
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1975
Page Count: 114
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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


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



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