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Contents:
Preface 
Author  
Introduction  
Chapter 1: Temperature 
Chapter 2: Reversible Processes and Work  
Chapter 3: The First Law of Thermodynamics  
Chapter 4: The Second Law of Thermodynamics  
Chapter 5: Entropy
Chapter 6: Statistical Mechanics
Chapter 7: The Thermodynamic Potentials and the Maxwell Relations 
Chapter 8: General Thermodynamic Relations 
Chapter 9: Magnetic Systems 
Chapter 10: Phase Changes 
Chapter 11: Open Systems and Chemical Potential 
Chapter 12: The Third Law of Thermodynamics 
Chapter 13: Quantum Statistics 
Appendix A: Values of Physical Constants and Conversion Factors 
Appendix B: Some Mathematical Relations Used in Thermodynamics 
Appendix C: The Work Required to Magnetize a Magnetic Material and to Polarize a Dielectric 
Appendix D: Answers to Selected Problems  
Index

Preface  by Andrew Rex: Thermal physics is a beautiful subject that is rooted in the real world but has strong connections to other basic areas of physics—classical dynamics, electromagnetism, and quantum theory—as well as to the disciplines of chemistry and engineering. Everyone has a sense of what happens when they put ice into a drink or open the front door on a cold day. However, the subject is full of subtleties that only emerge upon deeper study. I have found that generally students are happy and grateful to see these, to build on their experience-based intuition, and to gain the expertise that enables them to solve more challenging problems. 

Given the beauty and importance of this subject, I was delighted when Luna Han, my editor at Taylor & Francis, asked me to consider working on a revision of Finn’s Thermal Physics. Moreover, on a personal level, this project dovetails with my own interests and expertise in statistical mechanics. I first encountered the Maxwell’s demon problem over 30 years ago, when teaching the brief section on statistical mechanics in a modern physics course (secondyear undergraduates). One day, about 15 minutes before class, I thought that I might quote Maxwell’s original conception and then explain why a Maxwell’s demon can’t work. Needless to say, I was unable to come up with the explanation in that timeframe. Here we are now, over 30 years later, and there are still new demons and other challenges to the second law being invented with some regularity. The second law invites such challenges because in its statistical formulation it expresses only strong probabilities, not certainties. (This is just one of those subtleties I mentioned above!) My own thinking is that no such challenge has yet proved sufficient, and to further the discussion I like to challenge people to give me a computer that I can plug into my bathtub. I also remind people what was said on the subject by Arthur Eddington in 1935: 

The law that entropy always increases—the second law of thermodynamics— holds, I think, the supreme position among the laws of Nature. If someone points out to you that your pet theory of the universe is in disagreement with Maxwell’s equations—then so much the worse for Maxwell’s equations. If it is found to be contradicted by observation, well, these experimentalists do bungle things sometimes. But if your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation.

Obviously, even today this is somewhat contentious.

In embarking on this revision, I had as a starting point an outstanding text in the second edition of Finn’s Thermal Physics. The literature is full of positive user reviews, and there are many loyal users of this book. Thus, my greatest challenge has been to add what I could to an already excellent resource without diminishing the effectiveness of the core material. I expect those familiar with Finn’s second edition to find much of this book, even most of it, quite recognizable. 

One notable feature of Finn’s book is that it presented such a complete picture of thermodynamics with a fairly minimal inclusion of the approach to the subject via statistical mechanics. However, this is just where I felt a major enhancement was in order. The third edition offers two brand-new chapters: Chapter 6 devoted to classical statistics and Chapter 13 introducing quantum statistics. These additions are not only useful to the student, but it is also beautiful to see how classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics lead to identical results. At the same time, the new chapters and those in between are designed so anyone who wishes to can skip over some or all of the new material without loss of continuity. 

Another enhancement in the third edition is in the problem sets, which are now placed more prominently and traditionally at the end of each chapter rather than in an appendix. I have augmented the problems, not only in the new chapters (6 and 13) but also by adding problems to every chapter, in some cases roughly doubling the size of the problem set. Many of the new problems are “battle-tested” in my own classes or exams. Whenever possible, I have focused on added problems that present practical outcomes and require computation. Similarly, I have added some examples throughout the main narrative as a way of illustrating the theory already so well presented by Finn. 

No project of this magnitude is the work of a single individual, and I have many people to thank for their contributions to the third edition. Luna Han has been a supportive and resourceful editor at every stage. Several reviewers contributed a number of useful comments regarding the project as a whole and then specifically on drafts of the new material, including Carl Michal (University of British Columbia), Yoonseok Lee (University of Florida), Kevin Donovan (Queen Mary University of London), John Dutcher (University of Guelph), and Steven Bramwell (University College London). In a more global sense, it has been my privilege to work with many colleagues who inspired and enriched my work in thermal and statistical physics. First among these is Harvey Leff (Cal State Poly University, Pomona), my longtime friend and colleague with whom I coauthored two books and several articles. I also want to recognize the work of Daniel Sheehan (University of San Diego), who has organized and hosted a number of important conferences on challenges to the second law. Over the years I have been fortunate to have many great colleagues here at the University of Puget Sound who have enhanced my understanding of this and other subjects. These include Jim Clifford, Fred Slee, Frank Danes, Alan Thorndike, Jim Evans, Greg Elliott, Bernie Bates, Amy Spivey, Randy Worland, Tsunefumi Tanaka, David Latimer, and Rachel Pepper. Then there are the students here at Puget Sound whose intelligence and enthusiasm has made me the best possible teacher and writer. Finally, I have enjoyed the constant support of my family, particularly my wife, Sharon. She has never failed to encourage my work and has often reminded me of its importance in the world. 
Andrew Rex


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Book Details:
⏩Author: Andrew Rex
⏩Publisher: CRC Press
Taylor & Francis Group
⏩Copyright © 2017 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
⏩Language: English
⏩Pages: 387
⏩Size: 6.60 MB
⏩Format: pdf

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