Statistical Physics

An Entropic Approach
Author(s): Ian Ford
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Mar 27, 2013
Product Number: EB00067027
Released: Aug 19, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781118597491
Publisher: Wiley
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This undergraduate textbook provides a statistical mechanical foundation to the classical laws of thermodynamics via a comprehensive treatment of the basics of classical thermodynamics, equilibrium statistical mechanics, irreversible thermodynamics, and the statistical mechanics of non-equilibrium phenomena. This timely book has a unique focus on the concept of entropy, which is studied starting from the well-known ideal gas law, employing various thermodynamic processes, example systems and interpretations to expose its role in the second law of thermodynamics. This modern treatment of statistical physics includes studies of neutron stars, superconductivity and the recently developed fluctuation theorems. It also presents figures and problems in a clear and concise way, aiding the student's understanding.