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

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

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Sudhir Ranjan Jain
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The principles of classical physics, though superseded in specific fields by such theories as quantum mechanics and general relativity, are still of great importance in a broad range of applications.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.

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