# Thermal Physics: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers

## Book Description

In *Thermal Physics: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers, *the fundamental laws of thermodynamics are stated precisely as postulates and subsequently connected to historical context and developed mathematically. These laws are applied systematically to topics such as phase equilibria, chemical reactions, external forces, fluid-fluid surfaces and interfaces, and anisotropic crystal-fluid interfaces.

Statistical mechanics is presented in the context of information theory to quantify entropy, followed by development of the most important ensembles: microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical. A unified treatment of ideal classical, Fermi, and Bose gases is presented, including Bose condensation, degenerate Fermi gases, and classical gases with internal structure. Additional topics include paramagnetism, adsorption on dilute sites, point defects in crystals, thermal aspects of intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, density matrix formalism, the Ising model, and an introduction to Monte Carlo simulation.

Throughout the book, problems are posed and solved to illustrate specific results and problem-solving techniques.

- Includes applications of interest to physicists, physical chemists, and materials scientists, as well as materials, chemical, and mechanical engineers
- Suitable as a textbook for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and practicing researchers
- Develops content systematically with increasing order of complexity
- Self-contained, including nine appendices to handle necessary background and technical details

### Table of Contents

Part I - Thermodynamics

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 First Law Of Thermodynamics

Chapter 3 Second Law Of Thermodynamics

Chapter 4 Third Law Of Thermodynamics

Chapter 5 Open Systems

Chapter 6 Equilibrium And Thermodynamic Potentials

Chapter 7 Requirements For Stability

Chapter 8 Monocomponent Phase Equilibrium

Chapter 9 Two-Phase Equilibrium For A Van Der Waals Fluid

Chapter 10 Binary Solutions

Chapter 11 External Forces And Rotating Coordinate Systems

Chapter 12 Chemical Reactions

Chapter 13 Thermodynamics Of Fluid-Fluid Interfaces

Chapter 14 Thermodynamics Of Solid-Fluid Interfaces

Part II - Statistical Mechanics

Chapter 15 Entropy And Information Theory

Chapter 16 Microcanonical Ensemble

Chapter 17 Classical Microcanonical Ensemble

Chapter 18 Distinguishable Particles With Negligible Interaction Energies

Chapter 19 Canonical Ensemble

Chapter 20 Classical Canonical Ensemble

Chapter 21 Grand Canonical Ensemble

Chapter 22 Entropy For Any Ensemble

Chapter 23 Unified Treatment Of Ideal Fermi, Bose, And Classical Gases

Chapter 24 Bose Condensation

Chapter 25 Degenerate Fermi Gas

Chapter 26 Quantum Statistics

Chapter 27 Ising Model

Part III - Appendices

Appendix A Stirling'S Approximation

Appendix B Use Of Jacobians To Convert Partial Derivatives

Appendix C Differential Geometry Of Surfaces

Appendix D Equilibrium Of Two-State Systems

Appendix E Aspects Of Canonical Transformations

Appendix F Rotation Of Rigid Bodies

Appendix G Thermodynamic Perturbation Theory

Appendix H Selected Mathematical Relations

Appendix I Creation And Annihilation Operators

## Book Details

- Title: Thermal Physics: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers
- Author: Robert Floyd Sekerka
- Length: 610 pages
- Edition: 1
- Language: English
- Publisher: Elsevier
- Publication Date: 2015-09-02
- ISBN-10: 0128033045
- ISBN-13: 9780128033043

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