By Don S. Lemons

Striving to discover the topic in as easy a way as attainable, this booklet is helping readers comprehend the elusive notion of entropy. leading edge features of the e-book contain the development of statistical entropy from wanted homes, the derivation of the entropy of classical platforms from only classical assumptions, and a statistical thermodynamics method of the fitting Fermi and perfect Bose gases. Derivations are labored via step by step and significant purposes are highlighted in over 20 labored examples. round 50 end-of-chapter workouts try out readers' figuring out. The publication additionally encompasses a word list giving definitions for all crucial phrases, a time line exhibiting very important advancements, and record of books for additional learn. it really is an incredible complement to undergraduate classes in physics, engineering, chemistry and mathematics.

Focuses on foundations and illustrative examples to aid readers comprehend the starting place and reasons of the idea that of entropy

Treats entropy throughout a number issues, from thermodynamics, classical and quantum statistical mechanics, and knowledge theory

Gives increased derivations, taking readers via every one step-by-step

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4 Isolated composite system A+B consisting of two isolated subsystems, A and B. Independence Thirdly, we assume that isolated sub-systems, A and B, independently realize their macrostates. 2) becomes SA B ( A B ) SA ( A ) + SB ( B ) . 4) Actually, the very isolation of the two subsystems implies the independence of their macrostates. 3). 4) with respect to the macrostate multiplicities Ω A and Ω B – a tactic that reduces a stronger condition (additivity of entropies) to a weaker one (additivity of entropy increments).

1. A macrostate consists of a set of microstates that can be described with a relatively small set of variables. In more realistic contexts a macrostate is a thermodynamic or equilibrium state and the variables in terms of which it is described are the thermodynamic variables E, V, N, … . Consider the macrostate of the three-particle, two-sided system in which any two particles are in the right side of the volume and the remaining particle is in the left. 1 that this macrostate consists of just three microstates – those illustrated in the second row of the igure.

30). 30) show us how, by taking derivatives of the entropy function S (E,V), to derive luid equations of state that observe the irst and second laws of thermodynamics. 32) where R is the gas constant, CV is the, presumed constant, heat capacity at constant volume, and c is a constant independent of all thermodynamic state variables. Taking the partial derivatives of S(E,V) we ind that ( ∂ ∂E )V = CV E and ( ∂ ∂V )E = nR V . 33) E = CVT. 32) encapsulates the physics of an ideal gas. 30) on mixed partial derivatives.