2019 - 2020

  Introduction to Thermodynamics and States of Matter  
Prof. Eli Eisenberg publLev Auditorium009 Wed1300-1400 Sem  2
Wolfson - Engineering001 Wed1200-1400 Sem  2
University credit hours:  4.0

Course description

Introduction to Thermodynamics and the States of Matter

Introduction to continuum machanics, macroscopic description of matter, phase diagrams, Introduction to the kinetic theory of gases. Laws of Thermodynamics, reversible and irreversible processes, The thermodynamic formalism. Equations of state, thermodynamic potentials and Maxwell's relations. Thermodynamic stability and first order phase transitions.


Recommended reading:

  1. Jearl Walker, Halliday & Resnick Fundamentals of Physics (Wiley, 2003).
  2. Enrico Fermi, Thermodynamics (Dover 1936).
  3. F. Reif, Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics (McGraw-Hill, 1965).
  4. H.B. Callen, Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics (Wiley, 1985).
  5. C.J. Adkins, Equilibrium Thermodynamics, 3rd Ed. (Cambridge University Press, 1983).
  6. David Goodstein, Thermal Physics (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  7. M.M. Abbot & H.C. van Ness, Thermodynamics (McGraw-Hill, 1972).
  8. L.D. Landau, A.I. Akhiezer, & E.M. Lifshitz, General Physics: Mechanics and Molecular Physics (Pergamon Press, 1967).

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