Graduate Texts in Physics

Equilibrium Thermodynamics

Authors: de Oliveira, Mário J.

  • Presents many applications in several areas of physics and chemistry and gives a special treatment of phase transitions
  • Ideal mixture of thorough theoretical explanation and presentation of applications in several areas of physics and chemistry
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About this Textbook

This textbook provides an exposition of equilibrium thermodynamics and its applications to several areas of physics with particular attention to phase transitions and critical phenomena. The applications include several areas of condensed matter physics and include also a chapter on thermochemistry. Phase transitions and critical phenomena are treated according to the modern development of the field, based on the ideas of universality and on the Widom scaling theory. For each topic, a mean-field or Landau theory is presented to describe qualitatively the phase transitions. These theories include the van der Waals theory of the liquid-vapor transition, the Hildebrand-Heitler theory of regular mixtures, the Griffiths-Landau theory for multicritical points in multicomponent systems, the Bragg-Williams theory of order-disorder in alloys, the Weiss theory of ferromagnetism, the Néel theory of antiferromagnetism, the Devonshire theory for ferroelectrics and Landau-de Gennes theory of liquid crystals. This textbook is intended for students in physics and chemistry and provides a unique combination of thorough theoretical explanation and presentation of applications in both areas. Chapter summaries, highlighted essentials and problems with solutions enable a self sustained approach and deepen the knowledge.

About the authors

Prof. Dr. Mário J. de Oliveira
Instituto de Fisica
Universidade de São Paulo
Caixa Postal 66318
05314-970 São Paulo
 Brazil
oliveira@if.usp.br

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“A clear, concise and well presented descriptions of the modern topics of equilibrium thermodynamics. Discussions on these modern topics make this book unique among various other books on the subject. Also, the up-to-date references for each topic at the end of the book are valuable for further studies of the subject. The scholarly presentation of each topic in the book makes it a smooth reading. The book may serve as a standard graduate text for students and researchers interested in an advanced course in thermodynamics.” (K. N. Shukla, zbMATH, Vol. 1277, 2014)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Joule Principle

    Oliveira, Mário J.

    Pages 1-11

  • Carnot Principle

    Oliveira, Mário J.

    Pages 13-28

  • Clausius-Gibbs Principle

    Oliveira, Mário J.

    Pages 29-44

  • Thermodynamic Potentials

    Oliveira, Mário J.

    Pages 45-66

  • Thermodynamic Identities

    Oliveira, Mário J.

    Pages 67-81

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Equilibrium Thermodynamics
Authors
Series Title
Graduate Texts in Physics
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-36549-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-36549-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43082-4
Series ISSN
1868-4513
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 382
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