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An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics$
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Robert H. Swendsen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646944

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646944.001.0001

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Perturbations of Thermodynamic State Functions

Perturbations of Thermodynamic State Functions

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(p.109) 10 Perturbations of Thermodynamic State Functions
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An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
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Robert H. Swendsen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646944.003.0010

Much of thermodynamics is concerned with the consequences of small changes in conditions of the behaviour of a thermodynamic system. This chapter introduces the concepts of exact and inexact differentials and explains their importance in thermodynamics.

Keywords:   thermodynamic system, differentials, thermodynamics

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