Overview of Classical Thermodynamics
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.
KeywordsGibbs Free Energy Concave Function Fundamental Equation Helmholtz Free Energy Legendre Transformation
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