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Classical Physics of Matter

1st Edition

By J Bolton

CRC Press

232 pages

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pub: 2000-06-01
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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

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI077000
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics