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Classical Recommend a good book for advanced thermodynamics?

  1. Mar 2, 2016 #1
    What about Thermodynamics by Zemansky? Any review?
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  3. Mar 3, 2016 #2
    Zemansky is not advanced, how advanced you want your book be?
  4. Mar 3, 2016 #3
    It should have
    :Elements of Kinetic theory of gases. Velocity distribution and Equipartition of energy. Specific heat of Mono-, di- and tri-atomic gases. Ideal gas, van-der-Waals gas and equation of state. Mean free path. Laws of thermodynamics. Zeroth law and concept of thermal equilibrium. First law and its consequences. Isothermal and adiabatic processes. Reversible, irreversible and quasi-static processes. Second law and entropy. Carnot cycle. Maxwell’s thermodynamic relations and simple applications. Thermodynamic potentials and their applications. Phase transitions and Clausius-Clapeyron equation. Ideas of ensembles, Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions. Liquefaction of gases and different methods.

    Over all it should be undergrad/master+, since I need to prepare for a masters-phd entrance exams
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    Among the best books on thermodynamics (or better statistical physics) is Landau/Lifshitz vol. V and vol. X about kinetic (transport) theory.
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    Have a look at Peter T. Landsberg, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Dover Books on Physics
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    The standard text on thermodynamics is the one by H. Callen. But it appears you want more, namely statistical mechanics, too. I would advise for the thermo-stat. mech text by Greiner then the kinetic theory text by Landau & Lifschitz. So a mix of three good books should do it.
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