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

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 Index


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