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Introductory Statistical Mechanics

Introductory Statistical Mechanics - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0198505761

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ISBN13: 978-0198505761
ISBN10: 0198505760
Edition: 2ND 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1999
International: No
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Introductory Statistical Mechanics - 2ND 99 edition

ISBN13: 978-0198505761

Roger Bowley and Mariana Sanchez

ISBN13: 978-0198505761
ISBN10: 0198505760
Edition: 2ND 99
Copyright: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1999
International: No
Summary

This book explains the ideas and techniques of statistical mechanics in a simple and progressive way, accessible to undergraduates. It includes numerous examples from solid state physics as well as from theories of radiation from black holes and data from the Cosmic Background Explorer. This second edition features three new chapters on phase transitions and additional exercises at the end of each chapter.

Author Bio

Bowley, Roger : University of Nottingham


Sanchez, Mariana : University of Nottingham

Table of Contents

1. The first law of thermodynamics
2. Entropy and the second law of thermodynamics
3. Probability and statistics
4. The ideas of statistical mechanics
5. The canonical ensemble
6. Identical particles
7. Maxwell distribution of molecular speeds
8. Planck's distribution
9. Systems with variable numbers of particles
10. Fermi and Bose particles
11. Phase transitions
12. Continuous phase transitions
13. Ginzburg-Landau theory

A. Thermodynamics in a magnetic field
B. Useful integrals
C. The quantum treatment of a diatomic molecule
D. Travelling waves
E. Partial differentials and thermodynamics
F. Van der Waals equation
G. Answers to problems
H. Physical constants


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