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ERIC Number: EJ901538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
An Undergraduate Exercise in the First Law of Relativistic Thermodynamics
Guemez, J.
European Journal of Physics, v31 n5 p1209-1232 Sep 2010
The isothermal compression of an ideal gas is analysed using a relativistic thermodynamics formalism based on the principle of inertia of energy (Einstein's equation) and the asynchronous formulation (Cavalleri and Salgarelli 1969 "Nuovo Cimento" 42 722-54), which is similar to the formalism developed by van Kampen (1968 "Phys. Rev." 173 295-301) and Hamity (1969 "Phys. Rev." 187 1745-52). In this 4-vector Minkowski formalism mechanical and thermodynamical processes are described by the first law of thermodynamics expressed as [delta]U[superscript [mu]] = W[superscript [mu]] + Q[superscript [mu]], in a Lorentz covariant way. This exercise is considered useful for undergraduate physics students interested in foundations of physics, with the only prerequisites in first courses in thermodynamics and special relativity. (Contains 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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