Introduction to Modern Thermodynamics
May 2008, ©2008
An Introduction to Modern Thermodynamics provides the first modern approach to thermodynamics written specifically for a first undergraduate course. It covers the fundamental formalism with some attention given to its history; describes basic applications of the formalism and continues with a number of additional applications that instructors can use according to their particular degree program – these chapters cover thermal radiation, biological systems, nano systems, classical stability theory, and principles of statistical thermodynamics. A wide range of examples appear throughout the book from biological, engineering and atmospheric systems.
Part I: The Formalism of Modern Thermodynamics.
1. Basic Concepts and the Laws of Gases.
2. The First Law of Thermodynamics.
3. The Second Law of Thermodynamics and the Arrow of Time.
4. Entropy in the Realm of Chemical Reactions.
5. Extremum Principles and General Thermodynamic Relations.
Part II: Applications: Equilibrium and Nonequilibrium Systems.
6. Basic Thermodynamics of Gases, Liquids and Solids.
7. Thermodynamics of Phase Change.
8. Thermodynamics of Solutions.
9. Thermodynamics of Chemical Transformations.
10. Fields and Internal Degrees of Freedom.
11. Introduction to Nonequilibrium Systems.
Part III: Additional Topics.
12. Thermodynamics of Radiation.
13. Biological Systems.
14. Thermodynamics of Small Systems.
15. Classical Stability Theory.
16. Critical Phenomena and Configurationally Heat Capacity.
17. Elements of Statistical Thermodynamics.
List of Variables.
Standard Thermodynamic Properties.
Physical Constants and Data.
- First modern approach to the subject written at this level
- Suitable for a variety of degree programs with an extensive range of applications and examples drawn from biological, engineering, atmospheric, and nano systems
- Numerous examples and exercises in each chapter, along with a bibliography
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