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Concepts in Thermal Physics


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I: PRELIMINARIES 1: Introduction 2: Heat 3: Probability 4: Temperature and the Boltzmann factor II: KINETIC THEORY OF GASES 5: The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution 6: Pressure 7: Molecular effusion 8: The mean free path and collisions III: TRANSPORT AND THERMAL DIFFUSION 9: Transport properties in gases 10: The thermal diffusion equation IV: THE FIRST LAW 11: Energy 12: Isothermal and adiobatic processes V: THE SECOND LAW 13: Heat engines and the second law 14: Entropy 15: Information theory VI: THERMODYNAMICS IN ACTION 16: Thermodynamic potentials 17: Rods, bubbles and magnets 18: The third law VII: STATISTICAL MECHANICS 19: Equipartition of energy 20: The partition function 21: Statistical mechanics of an ideal gas 22: The chemical potential 23: Photons 24: Phonons VIII: BEYOND THE IDEAL GAS 25: Relativistic gases 26: Real gases 27: Cooling real gases 28: Phase transitions 29: Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac distributions 30: Quantum gases and condensates IX: SPECIAL TOPICS 31: Sound waves 32: Shock waves 33: Brownian motion and fluctuations 34: Non-equilibrium thermodynamics 35: Stars 36: Compact objects 37: Earth's atmosphere

About the Author

Stephen Blundell did his undergraduate degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics at Peterhouse, Cambridge and his Ph. D. in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge. He moved to the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford to take up an SERC research fellowship, followed by a Junior Research Fellowship at Merton College, where he began research in organic magnets and superconductors using muon-spin rotation. In 1997 he was appointed to a University Lectureship in the Physics Department and a Tutorial Fellowship at Mansfield College, Oxford, and was subsequently promoted to Reader and then Professor. He was a joint winner of the Daiwa-Adrian Prize in 1999 for his work on organic magnets. Katherine Blundell did her undergraduate degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics at New Hall College, Cambridge and her Ph. D. in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge. She moved to Oxford University Astrophysics department, holding a Junior Research Fellowship at Balliol College, an 1851 Research Fellowship, before taking up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Her research concentrates on radio galaxies and quasars. In 2005 she won a Leverhulme prize for her research, and became a Professor of Astrophysics in 2008.


`Review from previous edition The best book I have ever encountered at this level ... a winner.' Michael C. Mackey, McGill University `With so many results derived from so few assumptions, it is important that the presentation be clear and logical. Concepts in Thermal Physics by Stephen J. Blundell and Katherine M. Blundell fulfills that need admirably ... Concepts in Thermal Physics provides an excellent introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. It deserves serious consideration as a textbook for any undergraduate course on those topics. ' Physics Today `...elementary and admirably clear expositions of a wide range of subjects not often found in introductory texts... many coming to the subject for the first time will want to consult this book. ' Contemporary Physics

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