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Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics: An Introduction to Key Concepts

Jochen Rau

Abstract

Statistical physics and thermodynamics describe the behaviour of systems on the macroscopic scale. Their methods are applicable to a wide range of phenomena: from heat engines to chemical reactions, from the interior of stars to the melting of ice. Indeed, the laws of thermodynamics are among the most universal ones of all laws of physics. Yet this subject can prove difficult to grasp. Many view thermodynamics as merely a collection of ad hoc recipes, or are confused by unfamiliar novel concepts, such as the entropy, which have little in common with the theories to which students have got accu ... More

Keywords: statistical physics, thermodynamics, probability, quantum theory, information, entropy, laws of thermodynamics, macroscopic phenomena

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199595068
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199595068.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jochen Rau, author
Professor of Mathematics, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences