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SpringerBriefs in Physics

Entropy and the Tao of Counting

A Brief Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Authors: Sharp, Kim

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  • Provides a novel, but accurate introduction to statistical mechanics
  • Using simple geometry and algebra, without high level mathematics and calculus
  • Introduces the more easily understood, statistical explanation of entropy before connecting it to the more abstract thermodynamic definition
  • Illustrates entropy changes for common examples in terms of the astronomical numbers involved
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This book provides a complete and accurate atomic level statistical mechanical explanation of entropy and the second law of thermodynamics. It assumes only a basic knowledge of mechanics and requires no knowledge of calculus. The treatment uses primarily geometric arguments and college level algebra.  Quantitative examples are given at each stage to buttress physical understanding. This text is of benefit to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as educators and researchers in the physical sciences (whether or not they have taken a thermodynamics course) who want to understand or teach the atomic/molecular origins of entropy and the second law. It is particularly aimed at those who, due to insufficient mathematical background or because of their area of study, are not going to take a traditional statistical mechanics course.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-35457-2
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-35459-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Entropy and the Tao of Counting
Book Subtitle
A Brief Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Physics
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-35457-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-35457-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-35459-6
Series ISSN
2191-5423
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 63
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations
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