Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters and Complexity
In each generation, scientists must redefine their fields: abstracting, simplifying and distilling the previous standard topics to make room for new advances and methods. Sethna’s book takes this step for statistical mechanics – a field rooted in physics and chemistry whose ideas and methods are now central to information theory, complexity, and modern biology. Aimed at advanced undergraduates and early graduate students in all of these fields, Sethna limits his main presentation to the topics that future mathematicians and biologists, as well as physicists and chemists, will find fascinating and central to their work. The amazing breadth of the field is reflected in the author’s large supply of carefully crafted exercises, each an introduction to a whole field of study: everything from chaos through information theory to life at the end of the universe.
About the Author
Prof. James P. Sethna is Professor of Physics, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
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In this Very Short Introduction, Stephen J. Blundell illuminates the mysterious force of magnetism. For centuries, magnetism has been used for various purposes–through compasses it gave us the ability to navigate, and through motors, generators, and turbines, it has given us power. Blundell explores our understanding of electricity and magnetism, from the work of Galvani, Ampere, Faraday, and Tesla, and describes how Maxwell and Faraday’s work led to the unification of electricity and magnetism–one of the most imaginative developments in theoretical physics. Finally, he discusses the relationship between magnetism and relativity, quantum magnetism, and its impact on computers and information storage, showing how magnetism has changed our fundamental understanding of the Universe.
Building upon Serway and Jewett’s solid foundation in the modern classic text, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, this first Australian and New Zealand edition of Physics is a practical and engaging introduction to Physics. Using international and local case studies and worked examples to add to the concise language and high quality artwork, this new regional edition further engages students and highlights the relevance of this discipline to their learning and lives. This adaptation retains the balanced approach of the strong foundation of physics with the modern standards of physics education of the original text and is further enhanced by the applied focus of real world case studies and examples, from the region and from the international community.
Table of Contents
Volume 2 Part V: Electricity and magnetism 23. Electric fields 24. Gauss law 25. Electric potential 26. Energy and capacitance 27. Current and resistance 28. Direct-current circuits 29. Magnetic fields 30. Magnetic forces 31. Faradays law 32. Inductance 33. Alternating-current circuits 34. Electromagnetic waves Part VI: Light and optics 35. The nature of light and the principles of ray optics 36. Image formation 37. Wave optics 38. Diffraction patterns and polarization Part VII: Quantum physics 39. Quantisation and wave-particle duality 40. Introduction to quantum mechanics 41. Atomic physics 42. Quantum physics of molecules and solids 43. Nuclei and radioactivity 44. Particle physics Appendices: A. SI units B. Mathematics review C. Tables of data
For the calculus-based General Physics course primarily taken by engineers and science majors (including physics majors). This long-awaited and extensive revision maintains Giancoli’s reputation for creating carefully crafted, highly accurate and precise physics texts. Physics for Scientists and Engineers combines outstanding pedagogy with a clear and direct narrative and applications that draw the student into the physics. The new edition also features an unrivaled suite of media and on-line resources that enhance the understanding of physics. This book is written for students. It aims to explain physics in a readable and interesting manner that is accessible and clear, and to teach students by anticipating their needs and difficulties without oversimplifying. Physics is a description of reality, and thus each topic begins with concrete observations and experiences that students can directly relate to. We then move on to the generalizations and more formal treatment of the topic. Not only does this make the material more interesting and easier to understand, but it is closer to the way physics is actually practiced.
An engaging writing style and a strong focus on the physics make this comprehensive, graduate-level textbook unique among existing classical electromagnetism textbooks. Charged particles in vacuum and the electrodynamics of continuous media are given equal attention in discussions of electrostatics, magnetostatics, quasistatics, conservation laws, wave propagation, radiation, scattering, special relativity and field theory. Extensive use of qualitative arguments similar to those used by working physicists makes Modern Electrodynamics a must-have for every student of this subject. In 24 chapters, the textbook covers many more topics than can be presented in a typical two-semester course, making it easy for instructors to tailor courses to their specific needs. Close to 120 worked examples and 80 applications boxes help the reader build physical intuition and develop technical skill. Nearly 600 end-of-chapter homework problems encourage students to engage actively with the material. A solutions manual is available for instructors at www.cambridge.org/Zangwill.
About the Author
Andrew Zangwill is a Professor of Physics at Georgia Institute of Technology, with research interests in theoretical condensed matter physics. He is the author of the popular textbook Physics at Surfaces (Cambridge University Press, 1988) and has taught classical electromagnetism at the graduate and undergraduate levels for twenty years.