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Thermal Physics Hardcover – July 28, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0521590822 ISBN-10: 0521590825 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 28, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521590825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521590822
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,933,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...an excellent book...Baierlein's writing is exceptionally clear....Every quantity is clearly defined, and discussed when any confusion could arise, whether the concept is simple or complex....Baierlein always backs up the equations with explanations in words, and with examples....The organization of topics seems natural and well thought out....certainly among the best possible choices for use in an undergraduate course." American Journal of Physics

"The book, written in instructive form, shows great experience of the author as a teacher. Many examples of different degrees of difficulty either theoretical, experimental, or based on everyday observations, make the book interesting and readable. The author manages to present the complex ideas of thermal physics in a clear and attractive way." Applied Mechanics Reviews

"...written so that students will receive an empirical, intuitive understanding of thermodynamics processes....The book is well written, uses plenty of descriptive material to establish the basic fundamentals, and is supplemented with useful applications." Choice

"This book is a superb introduction to the key concepts of statistical mechanics, thoroughly modern in approach with current topics emphasized as well as basic principles. Baierlein's characteristic clarity of exposition makes the book ideal for self-study as well as for classroom use." H. Eugene Stanley, Boston University

"I enjoyed reading this tremendously. The author has a personal and thoughtful way of introducing and arranging the material. He has succeeded in making many of the difficult concepts more intuitive and more within the grasp of students who have very little background in thermodynamics and thermal physics. In the hands of a skilled teacher, this book would serve very well in its intended role." Journal of Statistical Physics

"...very well written and a pleasure to read...what makes this text stand out is the quality, clarity, and conciseness of the writing." Physics Today

Book Description

This textbook provides a clear, instructive and highly readable introduction to thermal physics. Written by an experienced teacher, it provides a comprehensive grounding in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and kinetic theory and also includes recent developments including Bose-Einstein condensation & critical phenomena. The modular structure allows a flexible approach to teaching and learning. Each chapter contains a summary of essential ideas, key equations are highlighted throughout and many problems of varying degrees of difficulty are included with a solutions manual available for instructors. Suitable for both undergraduates and graduates in physics and astronomy.

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Baierlein gives a great introduction to thermal physics.
RS
The highlight of the book is perhaps the development of the chemical potential and the Helmholtz and Gibbs free energies.
Paul van Kampen
BTW, don't even try to look for homework help online or even trying to type in keywords from the problem.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
While a nice, non-intimidating introduction to the field with an emphasis on physical insight and "back of the envelope" reasoning, it is NOT suitable as a graduate level text for statistical & thermal physics, contrary to what is stated on the back cover. I would say that if one were to use this and Reif as a combo as an undergraduate, one would get a good picture of the field from both a classic and a well done modern presentation.
For graduate studies, by all means look elsewhere. McQuarrie, Kubo, Huang (if need be), heck, digging up the Dover reprints by Hill and Wannier wouldn't be such a bad idea, really.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul van Kampen on August 12, 2002
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This is by far and away the best book on introductory thermal physics I've read. It is written in plain and clear English and the development of concepts and the required mathematical framework is language-based rather than formula-driven.
The first three chapters give a beautifully concise overview of the basic concepts of first-year thermodynamics, with a very clear introduction of the concept of entropy. The highlight of the book is perhaps the development of the chemical potential and the Helmholtz and Gibbs free energies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RS on May 17, 2000
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Baierlein gives a great introduction to thermal physics. He emphasizes the how and why and writes in english, i.e. this book is not a collection of formulas.
He does a very good job of explaning statistical mechanics, providing insiteful discussions of the Maxwell-Boltzman, Einstein-Bose, Fermi, and canonical distributions. Great description of the chemical potential. Easy to understand discussion of entropy and multiplicity and also of the partial and exact differentials used in thermal physics.
IMHO, it is the best introduction to the topic available. A similar book, but not as well written is "Thermal Physics" by Kittel and Kroemer. Of course if you are looking for a reference on Statistical Mechanics, chock full of mathematics, try Reif, Reichl, or Landau.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay on April 29, 2000
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The writing is not your usual dry textbook writing. There are actually quite a few interesting examples and stories. It is not extremely rigorous either. All necessary information is presented without getting bogged down in unnecessary technical matters. Great for undergrad level.
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By throssk on February 24, 2014
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Hello. I have been studying physics and chemistry for about the last seven years and I am currently a graduate student. I am reading through Baieriein and thoroughly enjoying the book. It does require I think, a bit of a background on waves and oscillations to know exactly what is happening in some of the derivations and an introductory course in chemistry, specifically thermodynamics, helps to recognize how these concepts are put to use. Besides that, the book is straightforward and the text is clear. Baierlein starts with very physically intuitive examples to derive his expressions and express the concepts and then moves to the abstract. The problems in the back, or what I have completed of them, are well thought out and do not ask the read to make great leaps between what is presented in the chapter and what is asked for.

If you need a solid and straightforward introduction to the subject I would definitely recommend this.
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The book lays out the concepts of thermodynamics as they relate to statistical mechanics very well. One downfall to the text is that some of the analogies chosen to simplify concepts are not very helpful. Also, I don't believe answer keys are given to the chapter problems. Overall, however, a good read.
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By Louis on January 2, 2013
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I had trouble with a quantum book last year due to lacking any real examples. But this book is very nice in providing those examples. Some of the questions in each chapter start to diverge from the book some requiring either to look up values online or to have prior knowledge to something relating to this subject that even a major like myself lacked.
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This is an informative textbook of statistical mechanics. I will be using this one for my GRE preparation as well. Some problems are hard as conception wise, but they are not mathematically challenging.
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