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### Contents

Background | 1 |

12 Some dilute gas relationships | 4 |

13 The First Law of Thermodynamics | 8 |

14 Heat capacity | 11 |

15 An adiabatic process | 13 |

16 The meaning of words | 16 |

17 Essentials | 18 |

Further reading | 21 |

The Free Energies | 222 |

102 Helmholtz free energy | 225 |

103 More on understanding the chemical potential | 226 |

104 Gibbs free energy | 230 |

106 Why the phrase free energy? | 234 |

107 Miscellany | 236 |

108 Essentials | 238 |

Further reading | 239 |

The Second Law of Thermodynamics | 24 |

22 The Second Law of Thermodynamics | 28 |

23 The power of the Second Law | 29 |

24 Connecting multiplicity and energy transfer by heating | 31 |

25 Some examples | 35 |

26 Generalization | 39 |

27 Entropy and disorder | 44 |

28 Essentials | 45 |

Further reading | 46 |

Problems | 47 |

Entropy and Efficiency | 51 |

32 Maximum efficiency | 55 |

33 A practical consequence | 59 |

34 Rapid change | 60 |

35 The simplified Otto cycle | 62 |

36 More about reversibility | 67 |

37 Essentials | 69 |

Further reading | 70 |

Problems | 71 |

Entropy in Quantum Theory | 75 |

42 The quantum version of multiplicity | 80 |

44 Essentials | 86 |

Problems | 87 |

The Canonical Probability Distribution | 89 |

52 Probabilities when the temperature is fixed | 91 |

spin ˝h paramagnetism | 94 |

54 The partition function technique | 96 |

55 The energy range ˝E | 99 |

56 The ideal gas treated semiclassically | 101 |

57 Theoretical threads | 109 |

Further reading | 111 |

Problems | 112 |

Photons and Phonons | 116 |

62 Electromagnetic waves and photons | 118 |

63 Radiative flux | 123 |

64 Entropy and evolution optional | 128 |

65 Sound waves and phonons | 130 |

66 Essentials | 139 |

Further reading | 141 |

The Chemical Potential | 148 |

72 Minimum free energy | 155 |

73 A lemma for computing | 156 |

74 Adsorption | 157 |

75 Essentials | 160 |

Further reading | 161 |

Problems | 162 |

The Quantum Ideal Gas | 166 |

82 Occupation numbers | 168 |

classical and semiclassical | 173 |

85 The nearly classical ideal gas optional | 175 |

86 Essentials | 178 |

Further reading | 179 |

Problems | 180 |

Fermions and Bosons at Low Temperature | 182 |

92 Pauli paramagnetism optional | 192 |

93 White dwarf stars optional | 194 |

theory | 199 |

experiments | 205 |

96 A graphical comparison | 209 |

97 Essentials | 212 |

Further reading | 214 |

Problems | 215 |

Problems | 240 |

Chemical Equilibrium | 244 |

112 A consequence of minimum free energy | 246 |

113 The diatomic molecule | 250 |

114 Thermal ionization | 257 |

115 Another facet of chemical equilibrium | 260 |

116 Creation and annihilation | 262 |

117 Essentials | 264 |

Further reading | 266 |

Phase Equilibrium | 270 |

122 Latent heat | 273 |

123 Conditions for coexistence | 276 |

124 GibbsDuhem relation | 279 |

125 ClausiusClapeyron equation | 280 |

126 Cooling by adiabatic compression optional | 282 |

127 Gibbsphase rule optional | 290 |

128 Isotherms | 291 |

129 Van der Waals equation of state | 293 |

1210 Essentials | 300 |

Further reading | 301 |

The Classical Limit | 306 |

132 The Maxwellian gas | 309 |

133 The equipartition theorem | 314 |

134 Heat capacity of diatomic molecules | 318 |

135 Essentials | 320 |

Further reading | 322 |

Approaching Zero | 327 |

142 Entropy in paramagnetism | 329 |

143 Cooling by adiabatic demagnetization | 331 |

144 The Third Law of Thermodynamics | 337 |

145 Some other consequences of the Third Law | 341 |

146 Negative absolute temperatures | 343 |

147 Temperature recapitulated | 347 |

148 Why heating increases the entropy Or does it? | 349 |

149 Essentials | 351 |

Further reading | 352 |

Problems | 353 |

Transport Processes | 356 |

152 Random walk | 360 |

viscosity | 362 |

154 Pipe flow | 366 |

thermal conduction | 367 |

156 Timedependent thermal conduction | 369 |

an example | 372 |

158 Refinements | 375 |

159 Essentials | 377 |

Further reading | 378 |

Critical Phenomena | 382 |

162 Critical exponents | 388 |

163 Ising model | 389 |

164 Mean field theory | 392 |

165 Renormalization group | 397 |

166 Firstorder versus continuous | 407 |

167 Universality | 409 |

168 Essentials | 414 |

Further reading | 415 |

Epilogue | 419 |

Physical and Mathematical Data | 420 |

Examples of Estimating Occupation Numbers | 426 |

The Framework of Probability Theory | 428 |

Qualitative Perspectives on the van der Waals Equation | 435 |

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