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Intro Physics Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics book

  1. Apr 14, 2015 #1
    Hey guys,

    I've never studied this subject before (except basic thermal physics in high school), and I have a course on it this semester. I'm in a semi international program, and this course isn't taught in English (but the tutorials are, thankfully), so I will need to study on my own.

    In general, the English references aren't necessarily reliable, and the teachers just picked a few random books. So far, we've only had one teacher who went through the trouble of properly looking for suitable books to help the foreign students. Which is why I turn to you.

    Here is a link to the course description.

    Wasn't sure how to tag this as, and my browser was acting out. Sorry if I chose the wrong one.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Apr 14, 2015 #2

    MarcusAgrippa

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    The books by Adkins, and by Carruthers, both published by Cambridge, are excellent introductions. The monograph by Fermi is also very useful, but it does not contain exercises.
     
  4. Apr 14, 2015 #3
    Do you mean Equilibrium Thermodynamics by Adkins? This one, I've found, but I can't even find the title of the other book!

    What is its actual name?

    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll take a look at it.

    If others have anything else to suggest, feel free.
     
  5. Apr 14, 2015 #4

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  6. Apr 14, 2015 #5

    DrClaude

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  7. Apr 14, 2015 #6
    I've used Schroeder and I somewhat recommend against it. It seems to be very elementary in scope and application and I had a hard time with his style of writing. I would however recommend Dr Tong's notes on statistical mechanics,

    http://www.damtp.cam.ac.uk/user/tong/statphys/sp.pdf

    and Reif's book titled "Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics".
     
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