|Oct17-10, 09:36 AM||#1|
Classical Thermodynamics for Statistical Mechanics
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?
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|Oct17-10, 10:52 AM||#2|
You don't have to bother much about the practical part, like gas and steam power cycles, refrigeration, and air conditioning.
|Oct17-10, 01:23 PM||#3|
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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