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A Course in Classical Physics 2—Fluids and Thermodynamics

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Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Alessandro Bettini
    Pages 1-48
  3. Alessandro Bettini
    Pages 49-91
  4. Alessandro Bettini
    Pages 93-119
  5. Alessandro Bettini
    Pages 121-163
  6. Alessandro Bettini
    Pages 165-208
  7. Alessandro Bettini
    Pages 209-226
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 227-236

About this book

Introduction

This second volume covers the mechanics of fluids, the principles of thermodynamics and their applications (without reference to the microscopic structure of systems), and the microscopic interpretation of thermodynamics.

It is part of a four-volume textbook, which covers electromagnetism, mechanics, fluids and thermodynamics, and waves and light, is designed to reflect the typical syllabus during the first two years of a calculus-based university physics program. 

Throughout all four volumes, particular attention is paid to in-depth clarification of conceptual aspects, and to this end the historical roots of the principal concepts are traced. Emphasis is also consistently placed on the experimental basis of the concepts, highlighting the experimental nature of physics. Whenever feasible at the elementary level, concepts relevant to more advanced courses in quantum mechanics and atomic, solid state, nuclear, and particle physics are included. Each chapter begins with an introduction that briefly describes the subjects to be discussed and ends with a summary of the main results. A number of “Questions” are included to help readers check their level of understanding.

The textbook offers an ideal resource for physics students, lecturers and, last but not least, all those seeking a deeper understanding of the experimental basics of physics. 


Keywords

Fluid mechanics undergraduate textbook Principles of Thermodynamics Statistical mechanics for undergraduates Thermal properties of fluids Transport phenomena Real gases Thermodynamic properties of the real fluids Microscopic interpretation of thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica e AstronomiaUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly

About the authors

Alessandro Bettini is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Padua, Italy, where he has taught experimental, general, and particle physics for 40 years. He is current Vice-president of the Italian Physical Society and his past posts also include Director of the INFN National Gran Sasso Laboratory, Vice-president of the OECD Global Science Forum, and Director of the Canfranc Underground Laboratory in Spain. Most recently, Professor Bettini’s scientific interests have focused on neutrino physics beyond the standard model and astroparticle phenomena. He is a member of the GERDA experiment, searching for neutrino-less double beta decay. Professor Bettini is the author of approximately 200 articles in international scientific journals as well as several books, including Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics (Cambridge University Press, 2008, 2nd edn).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Course in Classical Physics 2—Fluids and Thermodynamics
  • Authors Alessandro Bettini
  • Series Title Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Undergraduate Lect. Notes Physics
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-30686-5
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-30685-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-30686-5
  • Series ISSN 2192-4791
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-4805
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 236
  • Number of Illustrations 110 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Thermodynamics
    Fluid- and Aerodynamics
    Classical Mechanics
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Reviews

“The second volume treats fluids and thermodynamics. … Alessandro Bettini has fulfilled the ambitious goal of writing a treatise that covers all of classical physics with a depth suitable for honor undergraduate courses. … Bettini’s books not only teach but inspire, and they will appeal to students and professors alike who feel that physics is truly rich of great ideas that deserve to be studied with devotion and love.” (Giuseppe La Rocca, Il Nuovo Saggiatore, April, 2017)