Statistical Thermodynamics: Fundamentals and Applications

Statistical Thermodynamics: Fundamentals and Applications

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Normand M. Laurendeau
Cambridge University Press, 8/17/2011
EAN 9780521154192, ISBN10: 0521154197

Paperback, 464 pages, 26 x 18.1 x 2.7 cm
Language: English

This 2006 textbook discusses the fundamentals and applications of statistical thermodynamics for beginning graduate students in the physical and engineering sciences. Building on the prototypical Maxwell–Boltzmann method and maintaining a step-by-step development of the subject, this book assumes the reader has no previous exposure to statistics, quantum mechanics or spectroscopy. The book begins with the essentials 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. A highlight of the textbook is its discussion of modern applications, such as laser-based diagnostics. The book concludes with a thorough presentation of the ensemble method, featuring its use for real gases. Numerous examples and prompted homework problems enrich the text.

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
Part III. Statistical Thermodynamics in the Dilute Limit
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-Equilibrium 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