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General and Statistical Thermodynamics


  • Offers a highly pedagogical and very thorough introduction to statistical thermodynamics Provides an in-depth examination of the van der Waals gas Contains many problems and a large number of solved examples Derives all the important formulae meticulously and explicitly, without mathematical short cuts Explains also the needed mathematics

  • Provides alternative solutions to problems and second equivalent explanations of important physical concepts Provides extensive coverage that enables instructors to tailor their syllabus to match the class profile


Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Raza Tahir-Kheli
    Pages 1-21
  3. Raza Tahir-Kheli
    Pages 23-55
  4. Raza Tahir-Kheli
    Pages 57-124
  5. Raza Tahir-Kheli
    Pages 125-210
  6. Raza Tahir-Kheli
    Pages 211-253
  7. Raza Tahir-Kheli
    Pages 255-302
  8. Raza Tahir-Kheli
    Pages 337-352
  9. Raza Tahir-Kheli
    Pages 409-569
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 571-677

About this book


This textbook explains completely the general and statistical thermodynamics. It begins with an introductory statistical mechanics course, deriving all the important formulae meticulously and explicitly, without mathematical short cuts. The main part of the book deals with the careful discussion of the concepts and laws of thermodynamics, van der Waals, Kelvin and Claudius theories, ideal and real gases, thermodynamic potentials, phonons and all the related aspects. To elucidate the concepts introduced and to provide practical problem solving support, numerous carefully worked examples are of great value for students. The text is clearly written and punctuated with many interesting anecdotes. This book is written as main textbook for upper undergraduate students attending a course on thermodynamics.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Physics Dept.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

About the authors

Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania: 1962 - 1964.
Fellow American Physical Society
Senior Scientific Officer and Adviser to the Chairman,
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, 1964-66.
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, Philadelphia, PA. :
Assistant Professor of Physics: 1966-1968
Associate Professor of Physics: 1968-1971
Professor of Physics: 1971 to present
Chairman Department of Physics: July, 1990 to August, 1995.
Other relevant employment:
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Research Establishment Fellow at Harwell, U.K., Summer 1962; August and September, 1964.
Professeur d'echange, Faculte des Sciences, Orsay, Universite de Paris - 1971.
Visiting Professor, Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil -Summer, 1973; December and January, 1974
Visiting Professor, Federal University of Alagoas, Maceio, Brazil - 1980.
Senior Scientific Consultant to the U.N. Development Program - 1981.
On seven different occasions---that is: Spring, 1970; Summers:  1977; 1979; 1981; 1982; 1985; 1986---appointed as:
Research Leader, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy’
NATO Senior Visiting Fellow, Oxford University - 1974.
United Kingdom Science Research Council Visiting Scientist, Oxford University - Summers:  1975, 1978, and 1980.
National Science Foundation of Brazil (called CNPq) Senior Visiting Scientist - December, January, 1976.
Senior Visiting Scientist, Polish Academy of Science, Poland – 1976.
United States National Academy and the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Institute Stefan in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia - Summer 1976.
Fellow, Kyoto University Foundation, Kyoto, Japan - 1980.
(British)Royal Society Visiting Professor, Oxford University - Summers 1983 and 1984.
Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute, Munich, Germany -Summer  1985.
Senior Visiting Scientist, Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France (July-Dec., 1989).
Senior Visiting Scientist, Institute of Theoretical Physics, Helsinki, Finland (August, 1992).

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From the reviews:

“Tahir-Kheli … is to be commended for covering a wide array of thermodynamics topics ranging from classical to statistical subjects. … He engages the reader with many well-stated exercises followed by detailed solutions. … a must for science and engineering graduate students engaged in theoretical and experimental thermodynamics and statistical mechanics research; it solidly provides a wide range of relationships that may be pivotal in that field and other related areas such as biophysics and bioengineering. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students through professionals.” (R. N. Laoulache, Choice, Vol. 50 (7), March, 2013)