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Classical Physics of Matter
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Quantum physics of matter

Classical physics of matter
Author J.Bolton
ISBN 0-7503-0717-X
S207 Book 4


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Classical Physics of Matter deals with properties of matter that can be understood directly in terms of classical physics. Two broad traditions emerge. The first adopts a microscopic perspective, using Newtonian mechanics and statistical methods to relate observed properties to the behaviour of atoms and molecules (Chapters 1 and 2). The second adopts a macroscopic perspective to establish relationships that are true irrespective of microscopic models. Chapter 3 discusses thermodynamics, which introduces entropy and provides crucial laws governing energy transfer. This allows us to discuss the arrow of time and the operation of engines and refrigerators. Finally, Chapter 4 is concerned with fluid motion, including the principles of flight.

Classical Physics of Matters is in a series of books which along with the interactive multimedia, is used in the Open University course The Physical World. Each book combines richly illustrated text with questions (and answers) for self-assesment, and is ideally suited for students working independently.

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