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An Introduction to Thermal Physics

by Daniel V. Schroeder

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This text provides a balanced, well-organized treatment of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, making thermal physics interesting and accessible to anyone who has completed a year of calculus-based introductory physics. Part I introduces essential concepts of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics from a unified view, applying concepts in a select number of illustrative examples. Parts II and III explore further applications of classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Throughout, the emphasis is on real-world applications.… (more)
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Its a bit hard to judge as I can't say I am an expert in any of thermal physics, sub- or related disciplines like statistical mechanics, or in teaching... but as a student, I think this book was a very good, concise introduction. We covered it in one 10 week quarter, with a thing here or there dropped (e.g. real-world refrigerators); so about a chapter a week, though weighted toward the later chapters. Which moved quickly, and seemed like a lot of material at times. I'm definitely going to be keeping it.

That feeling aside :), this is not a large book that tries to cover a year or more of material; it really is an introduction, but at far more detail than the 1 or 3 chapters thermodynamics gets in a general/1st year physics textbook. ( )
  dcunning11235 | Oct 17, 2016 |
Not bad as far as a thermodynamics text goes. Covers both classical thermo dynamics and statistical mechanics. The math is generally concise and easy to follow (albeit with judicious unrigourous sweeping of terms under the rug... usually fair due to very very large numbers being used in the statistics), and the verbal descriptions are decent. The authors constant use of "I" was a bit strange to me. Though I nearly read this book cover to cover, I am still not thoroughly convinced on the 2nd law. The theoretical and mathematical foundations are a bit sparse. ( )
  divisionbyzer0 | Jun 16, 2009 |
Thermodynamics is a tricky subject and some textbooks have a hard time teaching. This books is explained very clearly while leaving enough up to the reader to figure out for themselves which is the only way to learn physics. Has some useful pseudocode on implementing some thermodynamic models. Pretty cover ( )
  akinin | Jul 10, 2008 |
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This text provides a balanced, well-organized treatment of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, making thermal physics interesting and accessible to anyone who has completed a year of calculus-based introductory physics. Part I introduces essential concepts of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics from a unified view, applying concepts in a select number of illustrative examples. Parts II and III explore further applications of classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Throughout, the emphasis is on real-world applications.

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