A Student's Guide to Entropy


Author: Don S. Lemons

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107470048

Category: Science

Page: 200

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Striving to explore the subject in as simple a manner as possible, this book helps readers understand the elusive concept of entropy. Innovative aspects of the book include the construction of statistical entropy from desired properties, the derivation of the entropy of classical systems from purely classical assumptions, and a statistical thermodynamics approach to the ideal Fermi and ideal Bose gases. Derivations are worked through step-by-step and important applications are highlighted in over 20 worked examples. Around 50 end-of-chapter exercises test readers' understanding. The book also features a glossary giving definitions for all essential terms, a time line showing important developments, and list of books for further study. It is an ideal supplement to undergraduate courses in physics, engineering, chemistry and mathematics.

A Student's Guide to Coding and Information Theory


Author: Stefan M. Moser,Po-Ning Chen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107601967

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 206

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A concise, easy-to-read guide, introducing beginners to the engineering background of modern communication systems, from mobile phones to data storage. Assuming only basic knowledge of high-school mathematics and including many practical examples and exercises to aid understanding, this is ideal for anyone who needs a quick introduction to the subject.

A Student's Guide to Einstein's Major Papers


Author: Robert E Kennedy

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191627488

Category: Science

Page: 328

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Our understanding of the physical universe underwent a revolution in the early twentieth century - evolving from the classical physics of Newton, Galileo, and Maxwell to the modern physics of relativity and quantum mechanics. The dominant figure in this revolutionary change was Albert Einstein. In a single year, 1905, Einstein produced breakthrough works in three areas of physics: on the size and the effects of atoms; on the quantization of the electromagnetic field; and on the special theory of relativity. In 1916 he produced a fourth breakthrough work, the general theory of relativity. A Student's Guide to Einstein's Major Papers focuses on Einstein's contributions, setting his major works into their historical context, and then takes the reader through the details of each paper, including the mathematics. This book helps the reader appreciate the simplicity and insightfulness of Einstein's ideas and how revolutionary his work was, and locate it in the evolution of scientific thought begun by the ancient Greek natural philosophers.

A Student's Guide to Geophysical Equations


Author: William Lowrie

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139499246

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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The advent of accessible student computing packages has meant that geophysics students can now easily manipulate datasets and gain first-hand modeling experience - essential in developing an intuitive understanding of the physics of the Earth. Yet to gain a more in-depth understanding of physical theory, and to develop new models and solutions, it is necessary to be able to derive the relevant equations from first principles. This compact, handy book fills a gap left by most modern geophysics textbooks, which generally do not have space to derive all of the important formulae, showing the intermediate steps. This guide presents full derivations for the classical equations of gravitation, gravity, tides, earth rotation, heat, geomagnetism and foundational seismology, illustrated with simple schematic diagrams. It supports students through the successive steps and explains the logical sequence of a derivation - facilitating self-study and helping students to tackle homework exercises and prepare for exams.

Essential Engineering Thermodynamics

A Student's Guide


Author: Yumin Zhang

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781681734255


Page: 79

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Engineering Thermodynamics is a core course for students majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Before taking this course, students usually have learned Engineering Mechanics--Statics and Dynamics, and they are used to solving problems with calculus and differential equations. Unfortunately, these approaches do not apply for Thermodynamics. Instead, they have to rely on many data tables and graphs to solve problems. In addition, many concepts are hard to understand, such as entropy. Therefore, most students feel very frustrated while taking this course. The key concept in Engineering Thermodynamics is state-properties: If one knows two properties, the state can be determined, as well as the other four properties. Unlike most textbooks, the first two chapters of this book introduce thermodynamic properties and laws with the ideal gas model, where equations can be engaged. In this way, students can employ their familiar approaches, and thus can understand them much better. In order to help students understand entropy in depth, interpretation with statistical physics is introduced. Chapters 3 and 4 discuss control-mass and control-volume processes with general fluids, where the data tables are used to solve problems. Chapter 5 covers a few advanced topics, which can also help students understand the concepts in thermodynamics from a broader perspective.

A Conceptual Guide to Thermodynamics


Author: Bill Poirier

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118840488

Category: Science

Page: 184

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Thermodynamics is the science that describes the behavior ofmatter at the macroscopic scale, and how this arises fromindividual molecules. As such, it is a subject of profoundpractical and fundamental importance to many science andengineering fields. Despite extremely varied applications rangingfrom nanomotors to cosmology, the core concepts of thermodynamicssuch as equilibrium and entropy are the same across alldisciplines. A Conceptual Guide to Thermodynamics serves as a concise,conceptual and practical supplement to the major thermodynamicstextbooks used in various fields. Presenting clear explanations ofthe core concepts, the book aims to improve fundamentalunderstanding of the material, as well as homework and examperformance. Distinctive features include: Terminology and Notation Key: A universaltranslator that addresses the myriad of conventions, terminologies,and notations found across the major thermodynamics texts. Content Maps: Specific references to eachmajor thermodynamic text by section and page number for each newconcept that is introduced. Helpful Hints and Don’t Try Its: Numeroususeful tips for solving problems, as well as warnings of commonstudent pitfalls. Unique Explanations: Conceptually clear, mathematicallyfairly simple, yet also sufficiently precise andrigorous. A more extensive set of reference materials, includingolder and newer editions of the major textbooks, as well as anumber of less commonly used titles, is available online at ahref="http://www.conceptualthermo.com/"http://www.conceptualthermo.com/a. Undergraduate and graduate students of chemistry, physics,engineering, geosciences and biological sciences will benefit fromthis book, as will students preparing for graduate school entranceexams and MCATs.

Thermodynamics Problem Solver


Author: Ralph Pike

Publisher: Research & Education Assoc.

ISBN: 9780738670652

Category: Study Aids

Page: 1104

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REA's Thermodynamics Problem Solver Each Problem Solver is an insightful and essential study and solution guide chock-full of clear, concise problem-solving gems. Answers to all of your questions can be found in one convenient source from one of the most trusted names in reference solution guides. More useful, more practical, and more informative, these study aids are the best review books and textbook companions available. They're perfect for undergraduate and graduate studies. This highly useful reference provides thorough coverage of pressure, work and heat, energy, entropy, first and second laws, ideal gas processes, vapor refrigeration cycles, mixtures, and solutions. For students in engineering, physics, and chemistry.

A Student's Guide Through the Great Physics Texts

Volume IV: Heat, Atoms and Quanta


Author: Kerry Kuehn

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331921828X

Category: Science

Page: 463

View: 5417

This book provides a chronological introduction to modern atomic theory, which represented an attempt to reconcile the ancient doctrine of atomism with careful experiments—performed during the 19th century—on the flow of heat through substances and across empty space. Included herein are selections from classic texts such as Carnot’s Reflection on the Motive Power of Fire, Clausius’ Mechanical Theory of Heat, Rutherford’s Nuclear Constitution of Atoms, Planck’s Atomic Theory of Matter and Heisenberg’s Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory. Each chapter begins with a short introduction followed by a reading selection. Carefully crafted study questions draw out key points in the text and focus the reader’s attention on the author’s methods, analysis and conclusions. Numerical and laboratory exercises at the end of each chapter test the reader’s ability to understand and apply key concepts from the text. Heat, Radiation and Quanta is the last of four volumes in A Student’s Guide through the Great Physics Texts. The book comes from a four-semester undergraduate physics curriculum designed to encourage a critical and circumspect approach to natural science while at the same time preparing students for advanced coursework in physics. This book is particularly suitable as a college-level textbook for students of the natural sciences, history or philosophy. It might also serve as a textbook for advanced high-school or home-schooled students, or as a thematically-organized source-book for scholars and motivated lay-readers. In studying the classic scientific texts included herein, the reader will be drawn toward a lifetime of contemplation.

Student's guide to Chemistry, the central science



Author: James C. Hill

Publisher: N.A


Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 640

View: 4334

"Chemistry: The Central Science is the most trusted book on the market--its scientific accuracy, clarity, innovative pedagogy, functional problem-solving and visuals set this book apart. Brown, LeMay, and Bursten teach students the concepts and skills they need without overcomplicating the subject. A comprehensive media package that works in tandem with the text helps students practice and learn while providing instructors the tools they need to succeed."--Publisher's description.