Physics for future Presidents

Textbook

 

This is our 2019 textbook:

An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Oxford University Press
ISBN-13: 978-0199646944
2012 Edition
Robert H. Swendsen

This text presents the two complementary aspects of thermal physics as an integrated theory of the properties of matter. Conceptual understanding is promoted by thorough development of basic concepts. In contrast to many texts, statistical mechanics, including discussion of the required probability theory, is presented first. This provides a statistical foundation for the concept of entropy, which is central to thermal physics. A unique feature of the book is the development of entropy based on Boltzmann's 1877 definition; this avoids contradictions or ad hoc corrections found in other texts. Detailed fundamentals provide a natural grounding for advanced topics, such as black-body radiation and quantum gases.

 



Table of Contents

 

  Preface
1. Introduction
   
  Part I: Entropy
2. The Classical Ideal Gas
3. Discrete Probability Theory
4. The Classical Ideal Gas: Configurational Entropy
5. Continuous Random Numbers
6. The Classical Ideal Gas: Energy Dependence of Entropy
7. Classical Gases: Ideal and Otherwise
8. Temperature, Pressure, Chemical Potential, and All That
   
  Part II: Thermodynamics
9. The Postulates and Laws of Thermodynamics
10. Perturbations of Thermodynamic State Functions
11. Thermodynamic Processes
12. Thermodynamic Potentials
13. The Consequences of Extensivity
14. Thermodynamic Identities
15. Extremum Principles
16. Stability Conditions
17. Phase Transitions
18. The Nernst Postulate: The Third Law of Thermodynamics
   
  Part III: Classical Statistical Mechanics
19. Ensembles in Classical Statistical Mechanics
20. Classical Ensembles: Grand and Otherwise
21. Irreversibility
   
  Part IV: Quantum Statistical Mechanics
22. Quantum Ensembles
23. Quantum Canonical Ensemble
24. Black-Body Radiation
25. The Harmonic Solid
26. Ideal Quantum Gases
27. Bose-Einstein Statistics
28. Fermi-Dirac Statistics
29. Insulators and Semiconductors
30. Phase Transitions and the Ising Model
   
   
   
   
   

 

 




Richard Muller

Robert Swendsen, author of our Textbook. Not the lecturer, I'm afraid.
You have to do with Deserno.