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Statistical Physics

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ISBN-10: 1402059744

ISBN-13: 9781402059742

Edition: 2nd 1995 (Revised)

Authors: Tony Guenault

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In this revised and enlarged second edition of an established text Tony Gu??nault provides a clear and refreshingly readable introduction to statistical physics, an essential component of any first degree in physics. The treatment itself is self-contained and concentrates on an understanding of the physical ideas, without requiring a high level of mathematical sophistication. A straightforward quantum approach to statistical averaging is adopted from the outset (easier, the author believes, than the classical approach). The initial part of the book is geared towards explaining the equilibrium properties of a simple isolated assembly of particles. Thus, several important topics, for example an ideal spin-?? solid, can be discussed at an early stage. The treatment of gases gives full coverage to Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics. Towards the end of the book the student is introduced to a wider viewpoint and new chapters are included on chemical thermodynamics, interactions in, for example, liquid helium-3 and helium-4, and statistics under extreme conditions (superconductivity and astrophysical systems).
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Book details

List price: $69.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 9/21/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Preface
Basic ideas
The macrostate
Microstates
The averaging postulate
Distributions
The statistical method in outline
A model example
Statistical entropy and microstates
Summary
Distinguishable particles
The Thermal Equilibrium Distribution
What are [alpha] and [beta]?
A statistical definition of temperature
The boltzmann distribution and the partition function
Calculation of thermodynamic functions
Summary
Two examples
A Spin-1/2 solid
Localized harmonic oscillators
Summary
Gases: the density of states
Fitting waves into boxes
Other information for statistical physics
An example - helium gas
Summary
Gases: the distributions
Distribution in groups
Identical particles - fermions and bosons
Counting microstates for gases
The three distributions
Summary
Maxwell-Boltzmann gases
The validity of the Maxwell-Boltzmann limit
The Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of speeds
The connection to thermodynamics
Summary
Diatomic gases
Energy contributions in diatomic gases
Heat capacity of a diatomic gas
The heat capacity of hydrogen
Summary
Fermi-Dirac gases
Properties of an ideal Fermi-Dirac gas
Application to metals
Application to helium-3
Summary
Bose-Einstein gases
Properties of an ideal Bose-Einstein gas
Application to helium-4
Phoney bosons
A note about cold atoms
Summary
Entropy in other situations
Entropy and disorder
An assembly at fixed temperature
Vacancies in solids
Phase transitions
Types of phase transition
Ferromagnetism of a spin-1/2 solid
Real ferromagnetic materials
Order-disorder transformations in alloys
Two new ideas
Statics or dynamics?
Ensembles - a larger view
Chemical thermodynamics
Chemical potential revisited
The grand canonical ensemble
Ideal gases in the grand ensemble
Mixed systems and chemical reactions
Dealing with interactions
Electrons in metals
Liquid helium-3: A Fermi liquid
Liquid helium-4: A Bose liquid?
Real imperfect gases
Statistics under extreme conditions
Superfluid states in Fermi-Dirac systems
Statistics in astrophysical systems
Some elementary counting problems
Some problems with large numbers
Some useful integrals
Some useful constants
Exercises
Answers to exercises
Index