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An Introduction to Thermal Physics [Hardcover]

Daniel V. Schroeder
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August 28, 1999 0201380277 978-0201380279 1
This text provides a balanced, well-organized treatment of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, making thermal physics interesting and accessible to anyone who has completed a year of calculus-based introductory physics. Part I introduces essential concepts of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics from a unified view, applying concepts in a select number of illustrative examples. Parts II and III explore further applications of classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Throughout, the emphasis is on real-world applications.

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  • Hardcover: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 1 edition (August 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201380277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201380279
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book available at this level September 5, 2006
This is best text on Statistical Mechanics and Thermo available at the advanced undergrad level. None of the other texts at this level can compete: Reif contains eveything but doesn't distinguish between important ideas and unimportant details. Kittel and Kroemer is too terse. Baierlein is too long-winded and idiosyncratic. Schroeder's text strikes just the right level: the big ideas are clearly explained and well-motivated. I like the order of presentation. The math is at the right level, the problems are excellent. There is even some humor. I have only two (minor) complaints: 1) the derivation of the entropy of an ideal gas involves some uncertainty-principle-hand-waving when a straight-forward counting of particle-in-a-box states would have done the job. 2) There is little or no discussion of transport properties: diffusion, thermal conductitivy, viscosity, and the like. If you don't like this book, then you won't like the others on this subject.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exemplary physics (text)book June 2, 2005
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This is one the best physics book I've seen. Like in all physics books, it is expected that you understand the preceding text before you gain ability to do a problem 'quickly'. But in this book understanding actually happens because, unlike most books, the whole book is written intuitively. The tone of the writing is nice also; you wiil NOT find the unnecessary 'of course' and 'obvious' sprinkled throughout, which were are a common occurrence in more annoying texts. The laws of thermodyanmics, especially the 2nd, are clearely illustrated in fair amounts 'theoretical' detail. For the more 'everyday' aspects chapter 4 and the thermodynmics parts of my freshman physics textbook were useful; in fact, its a good idea to read the thermo part of the freshman physics book while or before reading Ch. 1 of this book). The arguments and estimates made to motivate and justify various things throughout the book were, in my opinion, clear and reasonable. Problems are all do-able and a majority of them interesting once the text is understood (which takes some time and energy). Most of the problems have a number or an expression as an answer, it would've been nice to have the answers in the back. Who would it hurt? If a student is willing to spend his/her time and energy until he/she has the right answer they should be given the opportunity to have the 'pleasure of finding things out' (from a title of one of R.Feynman's book). I liked all chapters of the book, but I did feel that Ch.5 is a bit too long. It is an enjoyable and intuitive physics book.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Few worked examples, no answers in back November 28, 2007
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While a good theoretical understanding can be obtained from this book, the lack of many worked problems in the book and the absence of any solutions in the back presents a real problem for any self-study. You must have a knowledgeable professor who can work out a lot of examples in class. Unfortunately I do not have a good professor, so I've had to pick up other texts to solve my difficulties. I'd avoid this book unless it's absolutely required for a class, and even then I would suggest taking very good notes in class to supplement the book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great explanations; Enjoyable to read January 11, 2003
Schroeder sets the mark for readability with this undergraduate physics text. This was my favorite among all my undergraduate texts; by far the easiest to understand and most enjoyable to read. His explanations are clever and witty. I enjoyed his lucid introduction to combinatorics in statistical mechanics. Schroeder gets an A+ in defining abstract ideas such as enthalpy, partition functions, and intensive vs. extensive quantities. On the flip side, the organization is loose, and there aren't enough worked out examples in the latter chapters. I highly recommend this book to professors who want students to actually read and learn from the text.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb introduction for undergraduates January 3, 2002
I'm in my third year of physics, and so far this was probably the book I enjoyed the most. The writing is very good and at times humorous, the build-up of the book is okay, and the explanations are easy to understand and most of the time pretty detailed. Also, the writer does a good job of 'getting inside the student's head'. Plenty of examples, a joy from start to finish. The only disadvantage is that the problems do not have any answers in the back of the book. For the rest, I enjoyed every second of it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As a Student of Dr. Schroeder February 10, 2013
When I enrolled in Thermal Physics in my third year of college and was required by my professor to purchase his textbook on thermal physics, I truly did not realize that his book was one of the most widely used thermal physics books out on the market. I thought he was looking for profit from the students, looking for a way to boost his ego, or perhaps even attempting to justify his class to himself. I am lucky that I was wrong, and the book in its small and light package easily became one of textbooks I can proudly say I read cover to cover. On the first day of class he even stated why he made the book at all, that, dissatisfied with other undergraduate level textbooks, he compiled all of his lecture notes, worked to make them more concise and readable for the average physics student, and created a book that he felt best explained introductory thermal and statistical physics in a way that would be clear to a student with some background in introductory physics. Astonishingly, every single thing he discusses, brings up in the book, or even plots graphically in the text is brought up in class.

To get to the meat of the review, the book is exceptionally clear on the subject, and attempts to give readers a conceptual view on thermal physics. He believes that it's better to understand the subject than simply how to grab an equation and plug in numbers, and the book is designed to do just that, impart a conceptual view of the world of statistical and thermal physics. This is not a textbook that gives you equation after equation to memorize, write down, and plug in numbers without understanding what you are actually working with. This book is designed to show you the world of thermal physics, to walk you through it's strange halls, and to leave you with a more working idea of how this world works.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid thermo book, I could learn from it
This book was pretty good. Not an amazing masterpiece like a griffiths book, but very solid. One of the better books I've used in my career.
Published 11 days ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tour de Force of Textbooks
Schroeder's "An Introduction to Thermal Physics" is one of the simplest, most concise, and engaging treatments of the subject matter (classical thermodynamics, classical... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect introduction to thermodynamics
This book is an incredible and clear introduction to the fundamentals of thermodynamics. It's a great companion to more advanced (and more statistical mechanics) books like Thermo... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Weiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding undergraduate book on stat/therm
So often, I find upper-division physics books to be lacking in detailed explanation or relevant analogies to help the reader grasp the topic. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adoniram
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best UG books
I didn't have the pleasure of using this book as an undergraduate. As a graduate, I took a statistical mechanics course without knowledge of the undergraduate curriculum. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nate
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible book
This is the worst book I have ever used. The author tries to present intuitive explanations of physical concepts, without using math unless absolutely necessary. Read more
Published 3 months ago by martin carrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Fantastic intro to Thermal Physics! Logical progression throughout, easily understood and entertaining passages along with detailed explanations of thermo physical phenomenon.
Published 3 months ago by Jennifer Thresher
5.0 out of 5 stars Greet book.
It is really great book. If you want really to understand thermal physics buy it. it will also give an entrance to statistical physics.
Published 4 months ago by Mohammad N Yaseen
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I enjoyed reading this book and learned concepts in thermal physics. Problems are very descriptive although their are few challenging ones. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lasitha Senadheera
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny.
Clear, concise, and consistently addresses potential problems for the student in terms of understanding. Read more
Published 4 months ago by William Alexander
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