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Classical Physics of Matter



ISBN 9780750307178
Published June 1, 2000 by CRC Press
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Classical Physics of Matter explores the properties of matter that can be explained more or less directly in terms of classical physics. Among the topics discussed are the principles of flight and the operation of engines and refrigerators. The discussion introduces ideas such as temperature, heat, and entropy that will take you beyond Newtonian mechanics and into the realm of thermodynamics and statistical physics.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

FROM ATOMS TO THE PHASES OF MATTER
A puzzle
Atoms: the building blocks of matter
Atomic descriptions of the phases of matter
Macroscopic variables
Macroscopic equilibrium in ideal gases
Macroscopic descriptions of the phases of matter

MICROSCOPIC MODELS OF GASES
Introduction
Chance and probability
The pressure of gas
Distributions of speed and translational energy in gases
Statistical mechanics
The equipartition of energy
Closing items

THERMODYNAMICS AND ENTROPY
Engine efficiency-an effect of thermodynamics
The first law of thermodynamics
The second law of thermodynamics
Entropy, engines and refrigerators
Closing items

THE PHYSICS OF FLUIDS
Introduction
Fluids at rest
Ideal fluids in motion
Non-ideal fluids in motion
Flight
Closing items

CONSOLIDATION AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Introduction
Overview of Chapters 1 to 4
Writing precise physical statements
Basic skills and knowledge test
Interactive questions
Physica problems

Answer and comments
Acknowledgments
Index

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