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Thermal and Statistical Physics

AuthorsHarvey Gould, Jan Tobochnik Entered2004-04-05 15:26:47 by crumley
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nice, but incomplete
by Ben Crowell (crowell09 at stopspam.lightandmatter.com (change 09 to current year)) on 2010-04-18 16:04:56, review #531
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This is a nice introductory text on thermodynamics. It uses Java applets heavily, but I haven't tried the applets myself. A lot of illustrations have been added since I first reviewed this book in 2005. There are homework problems, but I have some doubts about how usable they would be in a real classroom -- many of the ones in the first chapter are very vague and open-ended, or simply ask the student to summarize ideas from the text. Some things seemed a little odd to me, like the abrupt introduction of the Lennard-Jones potential, without much explanation of why it had been chosen rather than some other interaction.

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