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Sturge's Statistical and Thermal Physics, Second Edition

2nd Edition

By Jeffrey Olafsen

CRC Press

552 pages | 107 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781482256000
pub: 2019-07-11
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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

The Fundamentals of Modern Thermodynamics. Macrostates and Microstates. Entropy, Free Energy, and 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. The Canonical Distribution: The Boltzmann Factor and the Partition Function. Continuous Energy Levels, the Density of States, and Equipartition. Systems with a Variable Number of Particles: The Chemical Potential. The Thermodynamics of Gases. Perfect Gases. Ideal and Imperfect Gases. The Photon Gas and Blackbody Spectrum. The Bose Gas: Bose-Einstein Condensation. The Fermi-Gas: Pauli Exclusion Principle and the Fermi Pressure. Modern Thermostatistical Applications. Electrons and Holes in Semiconductors. Phase Transitions. Transport Processes. Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics: Relaxing the Equilibrium Condition. Biological, Chemical, and Computational Systems. Appendices. Expansion in Series. Review of Quantized States. Proof that Zero’th Law Implies the Existence of a Temperature. Probability Theory. The Correspondence Principle: Equivalence of Macroscopic and Microscopic Thermodynamics. Differentials, Partial Derivatives, and the Maxwell Relationships. Standing Wave Solutions of the Wave Equation. The Equipartition Theorem. Kinetic Theory of Gases. Fractals and Chaos. Glossary. List of Symbols. Physical Constants and Physical Data. Bibliography.

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