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Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics

ISBN-10: 0199646945
ISBN-13: 9780199646944
Edition: 2012
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Description: This text presents the two complementary aspects of thermal physics as an integrated theory of the properties of matter. Conceptual understanding is promoted by thorough development of basic concepts. In contrast to many texts, statistical  More...

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Book details

List price: $100.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/20/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 419
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.420
Language: English

This text presents the two complementary aspects of thermal physics as an integrated theory of the properties of matter. Conceptual understanding is promoted by thorough development of basic concepts. In contrast to many texts, statistical mechanics, including discussion of the required probability theory, is presented first. This provides a statistical foundation for the concept of entropy, which is central to thermal physics. A unique feature of the book is the development of entropy based on Boltzmann's 1877 definition; this avoids contradictions or ad hoc corrections found in other texts. Detailed fundamentals provide a natural grounding for advanced topics, such as black-body radiation and quantum gases. An extensive set of problems (solutions are available for lecturers through the OUP website), many including explicit computations, advance the core content by probing essential concepts. The text is designed for a two-semester undergraduate course but can be adapted for one-semester courses emphasizing either aspect of thermal physics. It is also suitable for graduate study.

Introduction
Entropy
Classical Ideal Gas
Discrete probability theory
Configurational entropy
Continuous random numbers
Classical ideal gas: Energy
Ideal and "real" gases
T, P, m, and all that
Introduction to Thermodynamics
Postulates and Laws of thermodynamics
Thermodynamic perturbations
Thermodynamic processes
Thermodynamic potentials
Extensivity
Thermodynamic identities
Extremum principles
Stability conditions
Phase transitions
Nernst postulate
Classical statistical mechanics
Classical ensembles
Classical ensembles: grand and otherwise
Irreversibility
Quantum statistical mechanics
Quantum ensembles
Quantum canoncial ensemble
Black-body radiation
The harmonic solid
Ideal quantum gases
Bose-Einstein statistics
Fermi-Dirac statistics
Insulators and semiconductors
The Ising model

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