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Thermodynamics of Materials: A Classical and Statistical Synthesis

ISBN: 978-0-471-31143-0
384 pages
January 1996, ©1996
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Thermodynamics of Materials A Classical and Statistical Synthesis

Designed as a reference resource for practicing professionals as well as a text for advanced students, Thermodynamics of Materials offers a lucid presentation that ties together classical and statistical treatments of thermodynamics within the framework of materials science. Unlike most books in the field, it emphasizes the natural connection between these two approaches, both as a way of obtaining useful information about real systems, and as a way of showing the relations between the molecular-level properties of systems, and their properties on a macroscopic scale. In this regard, the author's aim throughout the text is to introduce the rigorous, general relations that arise from classical thermodynamics, which are system independent, and then to use statistical thermodynamic relations to calculate the expected values of the macroscopic thermodynamic parameters of the systems.

Thermodynamics of Materials includes a review of classical thermodynamics, an introduction to statistical thermodynamics, and numerous practical problems in thermodynamics, especially those involving phase and chemical equilibrium. Handy appendices enhance the value of this outstanding text.
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Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:


The Laws of Classical Thermodynamics.

Criteria for Equilibrium.

Useful Mathematical Relations.

General Theory of Phase Stability.


Basis of Statistical Thermodynamics.

Evaluation of Probabilities.

Evaluation of the Allowed Energies.


Classical Thermodynamics of One-Component Systems.

The Monatomic Ideal Gas.

The Polyatomic Ideal Gas.

The Einstein Model of the Solid.

The Debye Model of the Solid.

Simple Liquids.


Classical Thermodynamics of Multicomponent Systems.

Classical Thermodynamics of Solutions.

Lattice Statistics.

The Lattice Gas with Interactions.


The Perfect Electron Gas.

Blackbody Radiation.


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Author Information

JOHN B. HUDSON is Professor of Materials Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he has taught since 1963. Dr. Hudson maintains a research program in the thermodynamics and kinetics of surface processes, and is the author of over 80 papers in this field. He is currently engaged in developing a course sequence linking freshman chemistry and materials engineering, and in applying interactive learning techniques to the teaching of engineering and science.
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