An Introduction to Thermal Physics by Daniel V. Schroeder

By Daniel V. Schroeder

This article appears at thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. half I introduces options of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics from a unified view. components II and III discover additional purposes of classical thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. all through, the emphasis is on real-world functions.

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Elsewhere you may see "dQ" and "dW" used to represent infinitesimal amounts of heat and work. Whatever you do, don't read these as the "changes" in Q and W -that would be meaningless. To caution you not to commit this crime, many authors put a little bar through the d, writing itQ and itW. " So I prefer to do away with the d entirely and just remember when Q and Ware infinitesimal and when they're not. 7. The total change in the energy of a system is the sum of the heat added to it and the work done on it.

8. When the pis­ ton moves inward, the vol­ ume of the gas changes by ~ V (a negative amount) and the work done on the gas (assuming quasistatic com­ pression) is -P~V. " " ,,"" ,, ,, ,, '-, ~V = -A~x piston's motion must be reasonably slow, so that the gas has time to continually equilibrate to the changing conditions. The technical term for a volume change that is slow in this sense is quasistatic. Although perfectly quasistatic compression is an idealization, it is usually a good approximation in practice.

U, Q, and W to be infinitesimal. U, but I'll leave the symbols Q and W alone. Elsewhere you may see "dQ" and "dW" used to represent infinitesimal amounts of heat and work. Whatever you do, don't read these as the "changes" in Q and W -that would be meaningless. To caution you not to commit this crime, many authors put a little bar through the d, writing itQ and itW. " So I prefer to do away with the d entirely and just remember when Q and Ware infinitesimal and when they're not. 7. The total change in the energy of a system is the sum of the heat added to it and the work done on it.

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