Equilibrium Thermodynamics gives a comprehensive but concise course in the fundamentals of classical thermodynamics Although the subject is essentially classical in nature, illustrative material is drawn widely from modern physics and free use is made of microscopic ideas to illuminate it The overriding objective in writing the book was to achieve a clear exposition to give an account of the subject that it both stimulating and easy to learn from Classical thermodynamics has such wide application that it can be taught in many ways The terms of reference for Equilibrium Thermodynamics are primarily those of the undergraduate physicist but it is also suitable for courses in chemistry, engineering, materials science etc The subject is usually taught in the first or second year of an undergraduate course, but the book takes the student to degree standard and beyond Prerequisites are elementary or school level thermal physics.

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    An exceptional text emphasizing equilibrium thermodynamics as stand alone topic From a review in Journal of Chemical Education Volume 62, Number 4,1985 gem of a book, valuable resource, comprehensible and introductory Familiarity with calculus partial derivatives anda bit of first year physics, plus a willingness to abstract thinking, provides necessary background for conquering this material A highlight the Caratheodory approach to entropy, that approach being supplementary after a standard treatment The sections pertaining to Kirchoff, Stefan Boltzmann and Wien s laws are enjoyable, we read we shall avoid using electromagnetic theory here, instead, we shall think of the radiation as a gas of photons and draw on some of the elementary results of the kinetic theory of gases The text touches upon fundamentals in a manner which can hardly be improved The prose is enlightening The section discussing Legendre transformation is brief but informative the entire procedure described first in words, then with equations a pedagogic tool worth emphasizing.A superb exegesis focuses upon Clausius Clapeyron equation Here, words come first, providing meaning to the equations that follow Adkins presents a rather satisfying excursion into classical thermodynamics Pitched at an elementary, rudimentary, level One hundred straightforward exercises concludes the text, though no answers are provided Highly recommended for enrichment.

  5. dharmaraja dharmaraja says:

    This is a beautifully clear into to thermo, treated purely as macroscopic phenomenology.Equilibrium thermodynamics or thermostatics, as some call it has manifold applications in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, engineering, etc The author is a physicist, and selects his material accordingly However, he does devote the penultimate chapter , ch.11 Systems of Several Components to some chemistry type applications including chemical reactions in ideal gases.Prior to Adkins, most thermo books I studied merged thermo with statistical mechanics Entropy treated the purely macroscopic or thermo way appeared to me abstract unintuitive, and cycles with heat engines seemed an awkward import from engineering.The author entirely avoids leaning on statistical mechanics for the main thrust of his arguments, but makes a few side remarks about stat mech on occasion By keeping the thermo pure, he teaches the reader its power and beauty Everyone should learn thermo this way, and Adkins is a superb guide for the mature physicist He achieves the unusual feat of providing careful, rigorous arguments while keeping the narrative smoothly flowing and readable In other words, he honors the intellectual integrity so essential in this discipline, but never stifles the reader with pedantry or excessive detail.The problems are sometimes challenging, but with sustained effort, I could crack most of those I tried It was only in chap 11 that I started to find the problems too difficult, and that may well reflect my own lack of prior exposure in this area By the way, Adkins derives entropy with heat engines and Carnot cycles, but those who like a less torturous or gizmo ridden route to entropy will be pleased that he also includes Caratheodory s abstract argument Bravo to the author for creating this first rate textbook I cannot praise it too highly.