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Finn's Thermal Physics

3rd Edition

By Andrew Rex, C.B.P. Finn

CRC Press

366 pages

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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.

Reviews

"statistical physics… is a welcome addition to what has become one of the classic thermodynamics textbooks"

—Dr. Kevin Donovan, Queen Mary, University of London

"Finn's text has always been a favourite because of its uncluttered style and the way it anticipates where students will run into problems. This new edition fills out the statistical mechanics coverage of the book, making it again a competitive choice for the way thermodynamics is taught today."

—Dr. Carl Michal, University of British Columbia

"an excellent update and refresh of Finn's classic text. The original content is enhanced by a clearer, more digestible presentation. Additional insights are given to some particularly tricky concepts…. The new chapters on introductory and quantum statistical mechanics expand the book's coverage to encompass all the key topics in undergraduate thermal physics."

—Dr Tim Veal, University of Liverpool

"an excellent general undergraduate textbook…. The inclusion of chapters on classical and quantum statistical mechanics, which are typically not covered in thermodynamics

texts, is particularly welcome. Though the book is mainly aimed at students in physics the treatment of open steady-state flow systems (allowing for the treatment of turbines, compressors and

throttles) makes the book relevant to the teaching of thermodynamics in an engineering context as well."

—Prof. George Jackson, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

"a welcome revision. The addition of material on statistical thermodynamics and quantum statistics, coupled with the excellent treatment of thermodynamic potentials, makes for a well written course text. Suitable for advanced undergrad of graduate students in applied physics, engineering and anyone interested in a scientific approach to thermal science that accompanies standard mechanical engineering thermo quite well."

—Kevin Lyons, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NC State University

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

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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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI013050
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Physical & Theoretical
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics
SCI065000
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / Thermodynamics