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What's a good book for 'Thermodynamics and kinetic theory of gases'?

  1. Aug 31, 2011 #1
    The main book we'll be using will be Serway's, but I want a different book that's more focused on the mathematics formulation of thermodynamics and kinetic theory of gases, and not so simple as Serway's.

    The other 3 books in the discipline's bibliography are:
    • M.W. Zemansky and R. H. Dittman, Heat and Thermodynamics, McGraw-Hill, 6th edition, 1981.

    • H.B. Callen, Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatics, J. Wiley, 2nd edition, 1985.

    • K. Wark, Thermodynamics, McGraw-Hill, 3rd edition, 1977.

    Are any of those good for what I want? If not, what's a good one?
    Thanks :smile:
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  3. Aug 31, 2011 #2
    Zemansky´s book is a classic, well above Serway's.
    I'd also consider Sommerfeld; another classic in spite of its "age"
  4. Sep 1, 2011 #3
    I agree with Gordianus on Zemansky. May I also suggest Sir James Jeans' classic "An Introduction to the Kinetic Theory of Gases" and Nobel laureate Wolfgang Pauli's highly mathematical "Statistical Mechanics" Both are available in inexpensive paperback editions.
  5. Sep 20, 2011 #4
    These are tutorials on differential forms applied to Thermo. I like them because they are highly visual:

    There's also an online Thermo book written by the same author. The author has alot to say about standard Thermo books.
    Here's the summary of the book:
    Here's the book:

    I also found an extensive tutorial on gas laws, though I haven't read it:
  6. Sep 27, 2011 #5


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    I would recommend Callen. I used it when I took thermo as an undergrad, and I still remember marveling at how clearly it explained concepts.
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