Thermal PhysicsCONGRATULATIONS TO HERBERT KROEMER, 2000 NOBEL LAUREATE FOR PHYSICS For upperdivision courses in thermodynamics or statistical mechanics, Kittel and Kroemer offers a modern approach to thermal physics that is based on the idea that all physical systems can be described in terms of their discrete quantum states, rather than drawing on 19thcentury classical mechanics concepts. 
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User Review  Rafael Díaz hr  GoodreadsIt's a good book, specially after rereading it a couple of times. The style is succinct and the arguments elegant (most of the time). Maybe it works better once you know a little bit about stat mech ... Read full review
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User Review  Scwoolf  GoodreadsStatistical mechanics is probably the most elegant (and useful) physical theory I have encountered: you basically derive all of thermodynamics from scratch (or with the least objectionable set of ... Read full review
Contents
Entropy and Temperature  28 
TEMPERATURE  41 
Integrated Deviation  54 
Boltzmann Distribution and Helmholtz Free Energy  55 
Thermal Radiation and Planck Distribution  88 
Chemical Potential and Gibbs Distribution  118 
Ideal Gas  152 
Fermi and Bose Gases 181  198 
Phase Transformations  276 
Binary Mixtures  310 
Cryogenics  334 
Semiconductor Statistics  354 
Kinetic Theory  390 
Propagation  424 
Appendix A Some Integrals Containing Exponentials  439 
Appendix B Temperature Scales  445 
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absolute zero approximation assume average number Boltzmann bosons calculated called Carnot Chapter chemical potential classical regime composition condensation conduction band conduction electrons configuration Consider cooling curve defined denote derivative distribution function donor electrical electron concentration entropy equal equation eutectic Example expansion factor Fermi energy Fermi gas Fermi level fermion Figure flow flux density frequency gases Gibbs free energy Gibbs sum given ground orbital heat capacity Helmholtz free energy hydrogen ideal gas impurity increase integral interactions ionized isentropic isothermal kinetic energy limit liquid 3He low temperatures magnetic field mass mixture molecules monatomic negative number of atoms number of particles obtain occupancy oscillator pn junction partition function phase diagram photons probability problem properties radiation ratio refrigerator reservoir result semiconductor Show solid solubility gap spin excess superconducting superfluid term thermal average thermal contact thermal equilibrium thermodynamic total number transfer transition unit valence band velocity volume Waals