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Classical Thermodynamics for Statistical Mechanics 
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#1
Oct1710, 09:36 AM

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Hi all,
It's my first time to ask a question here I am now taking a Thermodynamics course and I have the authority to choose what topics to study in this course. My intention is to be able to study statistical mechanics afterward. So I need thermodynamics that will be useful when studying statistical mechanics. So I'd like to ask: what thermodynamics topics I will need if I will study statistical mechanics. another question is: I am studynig from a rather old book "Heat and Thermodynamics by zemansky". Is this a good book? Thanks 


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Oct1710, 10:52 AM

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You don't have to bother much about the practical part, like gas and steam power cycles, refrigeration, and air conditioning. 


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Oct1710, 01:23 PM

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That said, in answer to your question you will need to have a clear understanding of: equilibrium, steady state, thermal interactions, reversible process, and the Maxwell relations. 


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