Book

Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics

to be published 2017 by Oxford University Press


Statistical physics and thermodynamics describe the behavior of systems on the macroscopic scale. Their methods are applicable to a wide range of phenomena, from neutron stars to heat engines, or from chemical reactions to phase transitions; the pertinent laws are among the most universal of all the laws of physics. Yet to many students, this subject appears as merely a collection of ad hoc recipes, and its essential concepts remain elusive.

 

To help students overcome these difficulties, this text provides a concise yet thorough introduction to the key concepts underlying statistical physics and thermodynamics. This clear exposition of concepts is complemented by a wealth of applications and classroom-tested exercises, covering all the major topics of a standard course on statistical physics and thermodynamics.

 

The book is ideally suited both as a text for an advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate course, and as a self-contained tutorial guide for students in physics, chemistry, and engineering.