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Solved Problems in Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Thermodynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gregor Skačej, Primož Ziherl
      Pages 3-10
    3. Gregor Skačej, Primož Ziherl
      Pages 11-22
    4. Gregor Skačej, Primož Ziherl
      Pages 23-36
    5. Gregor Skačej, Primož Ziherl
      Pages 37-60
    6. Gregor Skačej, Primož Ziherl
      Pages 61-84
    7. Gregor Skačej, Primož Ziherl
      Pages 85-102
    8. Gregor Skačej, Primož Ziherl
      Pages 103-111
  3. Statistical Physics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Gregor Skačej, Primož Ziherl
      Pages 115-133
    3. Gregor Skačej, Primož Ziherl
      Pages 135-166
    4. Gregor Skačej, Primož Ziherl
      Pages 167-193
    5. Gregor Skačej, Primož Ziherl
      Pages 195-218
    6. Gregor Skačej, Primož Ziherl
      Pages 219-257
    7. Gregor Skačej, Primož Ziherl
      Pages 259-277
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 279-291

About this book

Introduction

This book contains a modern selection of about 230 solved problems and examples arranged in a didactic way for hands-on experience with course work in a standard advanced undergraduate/first-year graduate class in thermodynamics and statistical physics. The principles of thermodynamics and equilibrium statistical physics are few and simple, but their application often proves more involved than it may seem at first sight. This book is a comprehensive complement to any textbook in the field, emphasizing the analogies between the different systems, and paves the way for an in-depth study of solid state physics, soft matter physics, and field theory.

Keywords

problems and solutions in thermodynamics understanding the equation of state Grandl canonical distribution transport phenomena Kinetic theory Phase transitions thermodynamics textbook problems in statistical physics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Mathematics and PhysicsUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.Jožef Stefan Institute, Faculty of Mathematics and PhysicsUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

About the authors

Primož Ziherl is a professor of physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a scientific councillor at the Department of Theoretical Physics, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia. His expertise covers theoretical soft condensed matter physics, especially structure formation in colloidal suspensions including crystalline and quasicrystalline phases, and theoretical biophysics with a focus on lipid membranes and vesicles as well as on epithelial tissues and early embryonic development.

 He teaches a range of courses at the BS and MS level, mostly those for physics students.  With Antonio Šiber, he wrote a textbook on the mechanics of tissues entitled Cellular Patterns (CRC Press, 2017). He served as the training coordinator in Marie-Skłodowska-Curie networks COMPLOIDS and COLLDENSE, co-organizing two summer schools at the International School of Physics "Enrico Fermi" in Varenna, Italy, in 2012 and in 2015 and co-editing the textbook-style proceedings. From 2009 and 2014, he was a member of editorial board of Physical Review E.

In 2008, he was selected an Outstanding Referee of the American Physical Society. In 2009 he received the Golden Plaque award from the University of Ljubljana in recognition of his teaching and research work, and in 2018 he won the national Advisor of the Year award.


Gregor Skačej is assistant professor of physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

His research expertise includes computational soft matter physics, mainly focused on large-scale molecular and lattice simulations of liquid crystalline elastomers (stress-strain behavior, response to thermal and electric external stimuli) and liquid crystal colloids (e.g., topological defects in liquid-crystalline shells).

He has taught different courses for physics and non-physics students, ranging from introductory physics to advanced statistical physics. With Primož Ziherl, he co-authored two collections of solved problems in thermodynamics and in statistical physics (in Slovenian language) at an advanced BS level. He also prepared an own collection of recent exam problems in statistical thermodynamics.

With Andreja Šarlah, he co-authored a collection of problems in physics for mathematics students (also in Slovenian language).

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