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Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics - Herbert B. Callen

Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics

Paperback Published: 29th August 1985
ISBN: 9780471862567
Number Of Pages: 512

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The only text to cover both thermodynamic and statistical mechanics--allowing students to fully master thermodynamics at the macroscopic level. Presents essential ideas on critical phenomena developed over the last decade in simple, qualitative terms. This new edition maintains the simple structure of the first and puts new emphasis on pedagogical considerations. Thermostatistics is incorporated into the text without eclipsing macroscopic thermodynamics, and is integrated into the conceptual framework of physical theory.


The Problem and the Postulates.

The Conditions of Equilibrium.

Some Formal Relationships, and Sample Systems.

Reversible Processes and the Maximum Work Theorem.

Alternative Formulations and Legendre Transformations.

The Extremum Principle in the Legendre Transformed Representations.

Maxwell Relations.

Stability of Thermodynamic Systems.

First-Order Phase Transitions.

Critical Phenomena.

The Nernst Postulate.

Summary of Principles for General Systems.

Properties of Materials.

Irreversible Thermodynamics.


Statistical Mechanics in the Entropy Representation: The Microanonical Formalism.

The Canonical Formalism;
Statistical Mechanics in Helmholtz Representation.

Entropy and Disorder;
Generalized Canonical Formulations.

Quantum Fluids.


Variational Properties, Perturbation Expansions, and Mean Field Theory.


Postlude: Symmetry and the Conceptual Foundations of Thermostatistics.


General References.


ISBN: 9780471862567
ISBN-10: 0471862568
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 29th August 1985
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.1  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.84
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised

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