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Physics - Complexity | An Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

An Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

Olla, Piero

2015, VII, 185 p. 22 illus.

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  • Presents the basics of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and kinetic theory from a modern perspective
  • Discusses in detail alternative interpretations of the concept of entropy
  • Offers an elementary presentation of concepts usually addressed only in advanced textbooks
  • Focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of the subject
  • Opens by establishing the basics of probability theory
This textbook offers an advanced undergraduate or initial graduate level introduction to topics such as kinetic theory, equilibrium statistical mechanics, and the theory of fluctuations from a modern perspective. The aim is to provide the reader with the necessary tools of probability theory and thermodynamics (especially the thermodynamic potentials) to enable subsequent study at advanced graduate level. At the same time, the book offers a bird's eye view on arguments that are often disregarded in the main curriculum courses. Further features include a focus on the interdisciplinary nature of the subject and in-depth discussion of alternative interpretations of the concept of entropy. While some familiarity with basic concepts of thermodynamics and probability theory is assumed, this does not extend beyond what is commonly obtained in basic undergraduate curriculum courses.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Entropy Explained - Entropy and Thermodynamic Equilibrium - Entropy in Kinetic Theory - Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics - Micro-macro Issue - Modern Perspective of Kinetic Theory - Non-equilibrium Processes - Textbook Statistical Physics - Textbook Thermodynamics - The Wiener-Khinchin Theorem

Related subjects » Classical Continuum Physics - Complexity

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