# Mechanics, Waves and Thermodynamics: An Example-based Approach (Cambridge IISc Series)

Cambridge University Press, 5/9/2016

EAN 9781107145191, ISBN10: 1107145198

Hardcover, 216 pages, 25.2 x 19 x 1.7 cm

Language: English

The principles of classical physics, though superseded in specific fields by such theories as quantum mechanics and general relativity, are still of great importance in a broad range of applications. The book presents fundamental concepts of classical physics in a coherent and logical manner. It discusses important topics including the mechanics of a single particle, kinetic theory, oscillations and waves. Topics including the kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics are discussed, which are normally not present in the books on classical physics. The fundamental concepts of energy, momentum, mass and entropy are explained with examples. Discussion on concepts of thermodynamics is presented along with the simplified explanation on Caratheodory's axioms. It covers chapters on wave motion and statistical physics, useful for the graduate students. Each concept is supported with real-life applications on several concepts including impulse and collision, Bernoulli's equation, and friction.

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Preface

Acknowledgement

1. Energy, mass, momentum

2. Kinematics, Newton's laws of motion

3. Circular motion

4. The principle of least action

5. Work and energy

6. Mechanics of a system of particles

7. Friction

8. Impulse and collisions

9. Central forces

10. Dimensional analysis

11. Oscillations

12. Waves

13. Sound of music

14. Fluid mechanics

15. Water waves

16. The kinetic theory of gases

17. Concepts and laws of thermodynamics

18. Some applications of thermodynamics

19. Basic ideas of statistical mechanics

Bibliography

Index.