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Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

An introduction for physicists and engineers
Professor Samya Bano Zain

Description

This course text provides an accessible introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, at a level that is suitable for both physics and engineering majors. Concepts are approached in a pedagogical way, using precise language, clear explanations and discussions of how the ideas developed over time. All of the material required for a one-semester (14-week) course in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics is provided, alongside worked examples, concept questions, worksheets, and independent-study exercises. The material has been thoroughly class-tested and acts as a core text for undergraduate courses, particularly for students who find the topics challenging. It also acts as valuable supplementary reading for postgraduates who would benefit from the supplementary material and clear explanations of the concepts.


Key features

  • Provides an accessible introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.
  •  Suitable for mixed classes of physics and engineering majors.
  • Acts as a core text for undergraduate courses, particularly for students who find the topics challenging.
  • Introduces concepts with stories by key physicists, providing a historical perspective on how the concepts were developed.
  • Includes worked examples, concept questions, worksheets and independent-study exercises.

About Editors

Samya Zain is an associate professor of physics and head of the department of physics at Susquehanna University, USA, where she was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2016. Samya has been a member of the BaBar scientific research collaboration at SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) at Stanford University, California, and the ATLAS collaboration at CERN, Geneva.

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Bibliographic

Hardback ISBN: 9780750330817

Ebook ISBN: 9780750330831

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-3083-1

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

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