Classical Physics of Matter

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CRC Press, Jun 1, 2000 - Science - 232 pages
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Classical Physics of Matter explores the properties of matter that can be explained more or less directly in terms of classical physics. Among the topics discussed are the principles of flight and the operation of engines and refrigerators. The discussion introduces ideas such as temperature, heat, and entropy that will take you beyond Newtonian mechanics and into the realm of thermodynamics and statistical physics.
 

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Contents

Introduction
6
Atomic descriptions of the phases of matter
19
Microscopic models of gases
52
The pressure of a gas
61
Distributions of speed and translational energy in gases
68
Statistical mechanics
76
The equipartition of energy
92
Closing items
98
Thermodynamics and entropy
105
The physics of fluids
154
Ideal fluids in motion
169
Consolidation and skills development
190
Answers and comments
207
Acknowledgements
229
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