Thermodynamics has benefited from nearly 100 years of parallel development with quantum mechanics. As a result, thermal physics has been considerably enriched in concepts, technique and purpose, and now has a dominant role in the developments of physics, chemistry and biology. This unique book explores the meaning and application of these developments using quantum theory as the starting point. The book links thermal physics and quantum mechanics in a natural way. Concepts are combined with interesting examples, and entire chapters are dedicated to applying the principles to familiar, practical and unusual situations. Together with end-of-chapter exercises, this book gives advanced undergraduate and graduate students a modern perception and appreciation for this remarkable subject.
Allen L. Wassermann is Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Physics, Oregon State University. His research area is condensed matter physics.
1. Introducing thermodynamics; 2. Onward to thermodynamics; 3. The First Law; 4. A mathematical digression; 5. Thermodynamics potentials; 6. On knowing the unknowable; 7. The ideal gas; 8. The 2-level system; 9. Lattice heat capacity; 10. Elastomers - entropy springs; 11. Thermodynamics of magnetism; 12. Open systems; 13. The amazing chemical potential; 14. Thermodynamics of radiation; 15. Ideal Fermi gas; 16. Ideal Bose-Einstein system; 17. Thermodynamics and the CMB; Appendices; Index.