This fully updated and expanded new edition continues to provide the most readable, concise, and easy-to-follow introduction to thermal physics. While maintaining the style of the original work, the book now covers statistical mechanics and incorporates worked examples systematically throughout the text. It also includes more problems and essential updates, such as discussions on superconductivity, magnetism, Bose-Einstein condensation, and climate change. Anyone needing to acquire an intuitive understanding of thermodynamics from first principles will find this third edition indispensable.
Andrew Rex is professor of physics at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He is author of several textbooks and the popular science book, Commonly Asked Questions in Physics.
*Click here for a Q&A session with the author: https://www.crcpress.com/go/9781138703780 authorQA Andrew Rex is professor of physics at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. He received the his B.A. in physics from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1977 and the his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Virginia in 1982. At Virginia he worked under the direction of Bascom S. Deaver, Jr. on the development of new superconducting materials. After completing requirements for the his Ph.D. he joined the faculty at Puget Sound. Dr. Rex's primary research interest is in the foundations of the second law of thermodynamics. He has published research articles and, jointly with Harvey Leff, two comprehensive monographs on the subject of Maxwell's demon (1990, 2003). Dr. Rex has co-authored several widely used textbooks: Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers (1993, 2000, 2006, 2013), Integrated Physics and Calculus (2000), and Essential College Physics (2010), and the popular science book Commonly Asked Questions in Physics, also published by Taylor & Francis / CRC Press. Dr. Rex has served in administrative roles, including chair of his department and Director of the University of Puget Sound Honors Program. He is devoted to physics education and has been an active participant in the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Society of Physics Students, Sigma Pi Sigma, and Sigma Xi. In 2004 Dr. Rex was recognized for his teaching with the President's Award for Teaching Excellence.
TEMPERATURE Basic Concepts Equilibrium State Equations Of State Scales Of Temperature REVERSIBLE PROCESSES AND WORK Reversible Processes Work Other Kinds Of Work Example Of The Calculation Of Work In A Reversible Process THE FIRST LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS The Work Of Thompson And Joule The First Law Of Thermodynamics Heat Capacity Kinetic Theory Of Gases Ideal Gases And The First Law The Joule-Kelvin Effect Steady Flow Process-The Turbine THE SECOND LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS Carnot Cycles Statements Of The Second Law Of Thermodynamics Carnot's Theorem The Thermodynamic Temperature Scale Engines And Refrigerators Summary ENTROPY The Clausius Inequality Entropy The Principle Of Increasing Entropy Entropy-Temperature Diagrams The Thermodynamic Identity Other Examples Of Entropy Calculations STATISTICAL MECHANICS Introduction to probability and statistics microscopic view of entropy maxwell-boltzmann statistics ideal gases THE THERMODYNAMIC POTENTIALS AND THE MAXWELL RELATIONS Thermodynamic Potentials Internal Energy Enthalpy H Helmholtz Function F Gibbs Function G Availability Function A The Thermodynamic Square Example Using A Maxwell Relation GENERAL THERMODYNAMIC RELATIONS Difference In Heat Capacities, Cp - Cv Evaluation Of And Energy Equation Ratio Of Heat Capacities, Cp/Cv Revisiting The Entropy Of An Ideal Gas Joule And Joule-Kelvin Coefficients MAGNETIC SYSTEMS Thermodynamics Of Magnetic Materials Magnetic Cooling PHASE CHANGES Pvt Surfaces Clausius-Clapeyron Equation For First-Order Phase Changes Variation Of Gibbs Function G In First-Order Transitions Second-Order Phase Changes Examples Of Phase Changes Of Different Orders Superconductivity And Superfluidity OPEN SYSTEMS AND CHEMICAL POTENTIAL Chemical Potential Three Applications Of The Chemical Potential THE THIRD LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS Statements Of The Third Law Consequences Of The Third Law The Unattainability Of Absolute Zero QUANTUM STATISTICS Classical And Quantum Statistics Photons And Thermal Radiation Application Of Fermi-Dirac Statistics To Electrons In Metals Bose-Einstein Condensation