Chapter 2. Basic Concepts and Definitions

  1. Bruno Linder

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047168175X.ch2

Thermodynamics and Introductory Statistical Mechanics

Thermodynamics and Introductory Statistical Mechanics

How to Cite

Linder, B. (2004) Basic Concepts and Definitions, in Thermodynamics and Introductory Statistical Mechanics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/047168175X.ch2

Author Information

  1. Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Florida State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
  2. Published Print: 27 AUG 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471474593

Online ISBN: 9780471681755

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Keywords:

  • state variables;
  • quasi-static and reversible processes;
  • adiabatic and diathermal walls

Summary

Chapter 2 gives an overview of important concepts in thermodynamics, including definitions of state functions, intensive and extensive variables, various forms of work, and quasi-static and reversible processes. Also discussed are such concepts as thermal contact, thermal equilibrium, adiabatic wall (the state of the system can be changed only by moving the boundary or by applying an external field) and diathermal wall (the state of the system can be changed by other means), in anticipation of later developments of the axiomatic laws.