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Very well organised and explained,
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This review is from: Concepts in Thermal Physics (Second edition) (Paperback)
This book has superb, high quality paper pages within it covers. Also its very securely bound for a paperback. The book has a weight to it that reflects the quality of the educational guidance you will gain from reading it.
* H.N.D, Undergraduate, Post graduate?
This book covers the wide area of the flow of heat being thermal energy in transit in physical systems. To me, its the way this is cleverly explored in distinct bands of difficulty. These are with some brief exposure to the upper components of a A-Level Math / Chemistry / Physics, the math components of H.N.D and 2nd - year Math parts of a engineering degree. You may fairly attribute these bands of ranking in a different ways, depending on your own study backgrounds? For example. the calculus upon Ln(e), exp(x), and the Greek symbols of summations and products using z variables are well used and very importantly applied many, many times. Also listed are brief life stories of the scientists that helped the development of these sciences.
* What does it cover then?
The bands of exposure covers, Preliminaries, Kinetic theory of gasses, Transport and thermal diffusion, (The) first law of dynamics, (The) second law of dynamics, (The) third law, Thermodynamics in action, Statistical mechanics, Beyond the ideal gas, Special topics, (a) fundamental constants / (b) useful formulae / (c) Useful mathematics / (D) The electromagnetic spectrum / (e) Some thermodynamic spectrum / Thermodynamic definitions / (g) reduced mass / (h) glossary of main symbols, Bibliography and index.
* How is it explained?
Throughout the book and within each of the areas there are many mathematical examples to follow. There are many graphs which usefully explain what's going on. Also there are more set questions with no answers unfortunately. The way these bands harness the new - to - the - reader information is a great way to study these topics. The usage of formulae can use symbols that represent equations with several components. These earlier topics are carefully linked to later topics. Such as state equations and in three dimensions. This is just more basic skills with more dimensions.
What I come away with is a broader background in an important areas of physics, with a decent, increased level of mathematical dexterity. This can be carried to other areas. The earlier - to middle areas I personally found challenging, then with the bulk of the knowledge gathered from earlier parts, it seemed easier.
This book seemed worth its cost and I have found this book both interesting and pleasurable to read at the same time. So its a book to read cover - to - cover, rather than drop - in, (i.m.h.o). What I am saying is the ways in which the increments of difficulty been designed and coordinated has probably taken as much or even more time than the time to create the topic examples explored here.
[update: i recommend this book after this magnificent volume.
A Student's Guide to Entropy
by Don S. Lemons
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (29 Aug. 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-1107653979 ]