Overview of Classical Thermodynamics

  • Silvio R. A. Salinas
Part of the Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (GTCP)


Thermodynamics is the branch of physics that organizes in a systematic way the empirical laws referring to the thermal behavior of macroscopic matter. In contrast to statistical mechanics, it does not require any assumptions about the underlying microscopic elements of the material bodies. Equilibrium thermodynamics, which is the subject of this chapter, offers a complete description of the thermal properties of physical systems whose macroscopic parameters are not changing with time.


Gibbs Free Energy Concave Function Fundamental Equation Helmholtz Free Energy Legendre Transformation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvio R. A. Salinas
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  1. 1.Instituto de FisicaUniversidade de São PaoloSão PaoloBrazil

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