Clausius-Gibbs Principle

  • Mário J. de Oliveira
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


A system in thermodynamic equilibrium must be stable. This means to say that small perturbations do not remove the system from its equilibrium. In a mechanical system in stable equilibrium described by a potential energy \(\mathcal{V}(x)\), the stability implies that the coefficient \({d}^{2}\mathcal{V}/{\mathit{dx}}^{2}\) is non-negative.


Maximum Entropy Isothermal Compressibility Thermodynamic System Adiabatic Compressibility Maximum Work 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mário J. de Oliveira
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  1. 1.Instituto de FisicaUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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