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Statistical Thermodynamics: Fundamentals and Applications

Normand Laurendeau

Statistical Thermodynamics: Fundamentals and Applications discusses statistical thermodynamics for beginning graduate students.


Format: Hardcover, English, 464 pages
ISBN: 0521846358
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Pub. Date: 2005
Edition: 1
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Book Description

Statistical Thermodynamics: Fundamentals and Applications will be valuable to beginning graduate students in the engineering sciences. Building on the Maxwell-Boltzmann method of step-by-step development of the subject, this book makes few presumptions concerning students, previous exposure to statistics, quantum mechanics or spectroscopy. The book begins with the fundamentals of statistical thermodynamics, pauses to recover needed knowledge from quantum mechanics and spectroscopy, and then moves on to applications involving ideal gases, the solid state and radiation. A full introduction to kinetic theory is provided, including its applications to transport phenomena and chemical kinetics. Modern applications, such as laser-based diagnostics, are also discussed. Each chapter is carefully written to address student difficulties in learning this challenging subject, which is fundamental to combustion, propulsion, transport phenomena, spectroscopic measurements and nanotechnology. Students are made comfortable with their new knowledge by the inclusion of both example and prompted homework problems.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction  
Part I Fundamentals of Statistical Thermodynamics  
2 Probability and statistics  
Problem Set I Probability theory and statistical mathematics  
3 The statistics of independent particles  
4 Thermodynamics properties in the dilute limit  
Problem Set II Statistical modeling for thermodynamics  
Part II Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy  
5 Basics of quantum mechanics  
6 Quantum analysis of internal energy modes  
7 The spectroscopy of diatomic molecules  
Problem Set III Quantum mechanics and spectroscopy  
8 Interlude: from particle to assembly  
9 Thermodynamic properties of the ideal gas  
Problem Set IV Thermodynamic properties of the ideal gas  
10 Statistical thermodynamics for ideal gas mixtures  
11 Concentration and temperature measurements  
Problem Set V Chemical equilibrium and diagnostics  
Part IV Statistical Thermodynamics Beyond the Dilute Limit  
12 Thermodynamics and information  
13 Elements of the solid state  
14 Equilibrium radiation  
Problem Set VI The Solid state and radiation  
Part V Non-Equilibrum Statistical Thermodynamics  
15 Elementary kinetic theory  
16 Kinetics of molecular transport  
17 Chemical kinetics  
Problem Set VII Kinetic theory and molecular transport  
Part VI The Ensemble Method of Statistical Thermodynamics  
18 The canonical and grand canonical ensembles  
19 Applications of ensemble theory to real gases  
Problem Set VIII Ensemble theory and the non-ideal gas  
20 Whence and whither  
Part VII Appendices  

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