- Tapa blanda: 610 páginas
- Editor: Elsevier (19 de agosto de 2015)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0128033045
- ISBN-13: 978-0128033043
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Thermal Physics: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 19 ago 2015
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In Thermal Physics: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics for Scientists and Engineers, the fundamental laws of thermodynamics are stated precisely as postulates and subsequently connected to historical context and developed mathematically. These laws are applied systematically to topics such as phase equilibria, chemical reactions, external forces, fluid-fluid surfaces and interfaces, and anisotropic crystal-fluid interfaces.
Statistical mechanics is presented in the context of information theory to quantify entropy, followed by development of the most important ensembles: microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical. A unified treatment of ideal classical, Fermi, and Bose gases is presented, including Bose condensation, degenerate Fermi gases, and classical gases with internal structure. Additional topics include paramagnetism, adsorption on dilute sites, point defects in crystals, thermal aspects of intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors, density matrix formalism, the Ising model, and an introduction to Monte Carlo simulation.
Throughout the book, problems are posed and solved to illustrate specific results and problem-solving techniques.
- Includes applications of interest to physicists, physical chemists, and materials scientists, as well as materials, chemical, and mechanical engineers
- Suitable as a textbook for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and practicing researchers
- Develops content systematically with increasing order of complexity
- Self-contained, including nine appendices to handle necessary background and technical details
Biografía del autor
Robert Floyd Sekerka is University Professor Emeritus, Physics and Mathematics, Carnegie Mellon University. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1960 and his AM (1961) and PhD (1965) degrees from Harvard University where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He worked as a senior engineer at Westinghouse Research Laboratories until 1969 when he joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon in the Materials Science and Engineering Department; he was promoted to Professor in 1972 and was Department Head from 1976-82. He served as Dean of the Mellon College of Science from 1982 through 1991. Subsequently he was named University Professor of Physics and Mathematics with a courtesy appointment in Materials Science and Engineering. He retired in 2011 but continues to do scientific research and writing. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Metals, the American Physical Society, and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, and he has been a consultant to NIST for over forty years. Honors include the Phillip M. McKenna Award, the Frank Prize of the International Organization for Crystal Growth (President for six years) and the Bruce Chalmers Award of TMS. Please see http://sekerkaweb.phys.cmu.edu for further information and publications.
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There are several other books that combine thermo and stat. mech., but none fully addresses the problem. The classical text by Landau and Lifshitz (volume 5) is outstanding but too terse. The Callen book is excellent but strongly focused on thermodynamics; the statistical-mechanical chapters come almost like an afterthought and are not sufficient for a serious course. The Kittel-Kromer and similar books are too introductory and lack the rigor expected of a graduate course.
This book fills the niche. Coming from a scientist whose own research work has heavily contributed to both subjects, it offers a complete and rigorous presentation of advanced thermodynamics followed by a very clear and well-structured course of statistical mechanics. This integration of the two subjects is one book allows the author to achieve an excellent clarity of exposition and give the students a very clear idea about the different roles played by thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. (Too many stat. mech. textbooks contain long derivations that actually belong to thermodynamics but give the students the impression that this is part of statistical mechanics.)
In addition to the traditional topics, the book includes a contemporary and rigorous treatment of a few special topics, such interface thermodynamics (including anisotropic surfaces!), multi-component phase equilibria, phase diagrams and others. They could be assigned as additional reading, especially to physics students specializing in condensed matter. Problem-solving techniques are illustrated by numerous worked problems. The appendices contain useful reference material in mathematics (for example, the Jacobians and differential geometry - both are important techniques used in thermodynamics) and a brief review of the creating-annihilation operators.
I am looking forward to using this book as the main text in my graduate statistical mechanics course for physics students. Being on the intermediate level, this book could be a stepping stone to more specialized graduate courses in equilibrium (including e.g. many-body systems, renormalization theory, etc.) and/or non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.