An Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics – Keith Stowe – 2nd Edition


This introductory for standard undergraduate courses in has been completely rewritten to explore a greater number of topics, more clearly and concisely. Starting with an overview of important quantum behaviours, the teaches students how to calculate probabilities in order to provide a firm foundation for later chapters.

It introduces the ideas of classical and explores them both in general and as they are applied to specific processes and interactions. The remainder of the deals with mechanics. Each topic ends with a boxed summary of ideas and results, and every chapter contains numerous homework problems, covering a broad range of difficulties.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction:
1. Introduction

Part II. Small Systems:
2. Statistics for small systems
3. Systems with many elements

Part III. Energy and the First Law:
4. Internal energy
5. Interactions between systems

Part IV. States and the Second Law:
6. Internal energy and the number of accessible states
7. Entropy and the second law
8. Entropy and thermal interactions

Part V. Constraints:
9. Natural constraints
10. Models
11. Choice of variables
12. Special processes
13. Engines
14. Diffusive interactions

Part VI. Classical Statistics:
15. Probabilities and microscopic behaviours
16. Kinetic theory and transport processes in gases
17. Magnetic properties of materials
18. The partition function

Part VII. Quantum Statistics:
19. Introduction to quantum statistics
20. Quantum gases
21. Blackbody radiation
22. The thermal properties of solids
23. The electrical properties of materials
24. Low temperatures and degenerate systems

Further reading
Problem solutions

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