© 2014


For Physicists, Chemists and Materials Scientists


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Reinhard Hentschke
    Pages 1-26
  3. Reinhard Hentschke
    Pages 27-72
  4. Reinhard Hentschke
    Pages 73-123
  5. Reinhard Hentschke
    Pages 125-171
  6. Reinhard Hentschke
    Pages 173-219
  7. Reinhard Hentschke
    Pages 221-238
  8. Reinhard Hentschke
    Pages 239-279
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 281-304

About this book


Thermodynamics is the foundation of many-body physics and thus of physical chemistry and material science as well. Today new sources of useful energy, energy storage, transport and conversion, requiring development of novel technology, are of rapidly increasing importance. This development strongly affects modern industry. Thus thermodynamics will have to be given more prominence in the science curriculum in colleges and universities - something that is attempted in this book.
The structure of this text is simple and transparent, enabling the easy mapping of the text onto a one-semester course syllabus and the attendant study. There are 8 chapters total and one three-part appendix. Throughout the text the student finds numerous examples (solved problems) reaching from cosmic to molecular evolution or from cloud formation to Bose condensation.


Equilibrium Thermodynamics Equilibrium and Stability Grand-Canonical Monte Carlo Program Microscopic Interactions Molecular Simulation Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics Phase Transitions and Diagrams Thermodynamic Functions Transport Phenomena Undergraduate Thermodynamics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty C Mathematics and Natural SciencesBergische UniversitätWuppertalGermany

About the authors

Reinhard Hentschke got his PhD degree in 1987 at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA. Since 1999 he has been Professor of theoretical physics (statistical mechanics of soft matter/chemical physics) at the Bergische Universität, Wuppertal, Germany. His research interests have frequently straddled the boundary between physics and chemis­try. As a group leader at the Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research he has concen­trated on computer modelling of polymers. 

Bibliographic information


“With this volume of concise theoretical developments and numerous, detailed applications, the author shows that mastering thermodynamics is indispensable for understanding properties and processes at finite temperature. … Hentschke’s Thermodynamics is a valuable resource for students and faculty of statistical mechanics courses at the advanced-undergraduate or graduate level.” (Jutta Luettmer-Strathmann, Physics Today, September, 2015)

“As part of the ‘Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics’ series, this book is meant to support and complement undergraduate instruction on the topic. … provides several nicely worked-out problems fostering a deeper understanding of thermodynamics. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and graduate students.” (H. Giesche, Choice, Vol. 51 (9), May, 2014)