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Sturge's Statistical and Thermal Physics, Second Edition

2nd Edition

By Jeffrey Olafsen

CRC Press

412 pages | 107 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781482256000
pub: 2019-07-05
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This fully revised and updated edition provides a uniquely accessible introduction to the principles and applications of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Based on the highly acclaimed text by famous physicist M.D. Sturge, it continues its emphasis on explaining concepts with simple mathematics and plain English, as well as consistent use of terminology and notation. The new edition includes a chapter on non-equilibrium thermodynamics and many new examples from soft condensed matter physics. Additionally, chapters have been reorganized for better flow.

Table of Contents

SECTION I Preamble

1 Introduction

2 Temperature, Work, and Heat

3 Heat Engines

SECTION II The Fundamentals of Modern Thermodynamics

4 Macrostates and Microstates

5 Entropy, Free Energy, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

6 The Canonical Distribution: The Boltzmann Factor

and the Partition Function

7 Continuous Energy Levels, the Density of States, and Equipartition

8 Systems with a Variable Number of Particles: The Chemical Potential

SECTION III The Thermodynamics of Gases

9 Perfect Gases

10 Ideal Gases and Solutions

11 Black Body Radiation and the Photon Gas

12 The Perfect Bose Gas: Bose-Einstein Condensation

13 The Perfect Fermi Gas

SECTION IV Modern Thermostatistical Applications

14 Electrons and Holes in Semiconductors

15 Phase Transitions

16 Transport Processes

17 Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics

18 Biological Systems

Appendix A: Expansion in Series

Appendix B: Review of Quantized States

Appendix C: Proof that the Zero’th Law Implies the Existence of Temperature

Appendix D: Some Results in Probability Theory

Appendix E: Differentials, Partial Derivatives, and the Maxwell Relations

Appendix F: Standing Wave Solutions of the Wave Equation

Appendix G: The Equipartition Theorem

Appendix H: Some Results in the Kinetic Theory of Gases

Appendix I: The Correspondence Principle

Appendix J: The H Function


About the Author

Jeffrey Olafsen grew up in Panama City, Florida. He double-majored in physics and mathematics graduating from the Honors College program at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1989. He attended graduate school at Duke University and received his Ph.D. in 1994 in condensed matter physics. It was at Duke University that he met his wife, Linda, who was also a graduate student in physics. Following postdoctoral positions at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst working on thin films and at Georgetown University working on granular physics, Dr. Olafsen took a faculty position at the University of Kansas. Dr. Olafsen joined the Baylor faculty in 2006, where he is Associate Professor of Physics.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MATHEMATICS / Probability & Statistics / General
SCIENCE / Physics
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / Thermodynamics