Introductory Statistical Mechanics


Author: Roger Bowley,Mariana Sánchez

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Category: Science

Page: 352

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This book explains the ideas and techniques of statistical mechanics-the theory of condensed matter-in a simple and progressive way. The text starts with the laws of thermodynamics and simple ideas of quantum mechanics. The conceptual ideas underlying the subject are explained carefully; themathematical ideas are developed in parallel to give a coherent overall view. The text is illustrated with examples not just from solid state physics, but also from recent theories of radiation from black holes and recent data on the background radiation from the Cosmic background explorer. In thissecond edition, slightly more advanced material on statistical mechanics is introduced, material which students should meet in an undergraduate course. As a result the new edition contains three more chapters on phase transitions at an appropriate level for an undergraduate student. There are plentyof problems at the end of each chapter, and brief model answers are provided for odd-numbered problems. From reviews of the first edition: '...Introductory Statistical Mechanics is clear and crisp and takes advantage of the best parts of the many approaches to the subject' Physics Today

Thermodynamics and Introductory Statistical Mechanics


Author: Bruno Linder

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471681741

Category: Science

Page: 209

View: 8838

In this clear and concise introduction to thermodynamics andstatistical mechanics the reader, who will have some previousexposure to thermodynamics, will be guided through each of the twodisciplines separately initially to provide an in-depthunderstanding of the area and thereafter the connection between thetwo is presented and discussed. In addition, mathematical techniques are introduced at appropriatetimes, highlighting such use as: exact and inexact differentials,partial derivatives, Caratheodory's theorem, Legendretransformation, and combinatory analysis. * Emphasis is placed equally on fundamentals and applications * Several problems are included

Introductory Statistical Mechanics for Physicists


Author: D. K. C. MacDonald

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486453235

Category: Science

Page: 176

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This concise introduction is geared toward those concerned with solid state or low temperature physics. It presents the principles with simplicity and clarity, reviewing issues of critical interest. 1963 edition.

Introduction to Statistical Mechanics


Author: John Dirk Walecka

Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company

ISBN: 9813100613

Category: Science

Page: 384

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The science of statistical mechanics is concerned with defining the thermodynamic properties of a macroscopic sample in terms of the properties of the microscopic systems of which it is composed. The aim of this book is to provide a clear, logical, and self-contained treatment of equilibrium statistical mechanics starting from Boltzmann's two statistical assumptions, and to present a wide variety of applications to diverse physical assemblies. The coverage is enhanced and extended through an extensive set of accessible problems. An appendix provides an introduction to non-equilibrium statistical mechanics through the Boltzmann equation and its extensions. The book assumes introductory courses in classical and quantum mechanics, as well as familiarity with multi-variable calculus and the essentials of complex analysis. Some knowledge of thermodynamics is assumed, although the book starts with an appropriate review of that topic. The targeted audience is first-year graduate students, and advanced undergraduates, in physics, chemistry, and the related physical sciences. The goal of this text is to help the reader obtain a clear working knowledge of the very useful and powerful methods of equilibrium statistical mechanics and to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the more advanced texts.

An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics


Author: Robert H. Swendsen

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199646945

Category: Mathematics

Page: 401

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This text presents statistical mechanics and thermodynamics as a theoretically integrated field of study. It stresses deep coverage of fundamentals, providing a natural foundation for advanced topics. The large problem sets (with solutions for teachers) include many computational problems to advance student understanding.

An Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics


Author: Keith Stowe

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139462857

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 3842

This introductory textbook for standard undergraduate courses in thermodynamics has been completely rewritten to explore a greater number of topics, more clearly and concisely. Starting with an overview of important quantum behaviours, the book teaches students how to calculate probabilities in order to provide a firm foundation for later chapters. It introduces the ideas of classical thermodynamics and explores them both in general and as they are applied to specific processes and interactions. The remainder of the book deals with statistical mechanics. Each topic ends with a boxed summary of ideas and results, and every chapter contains numerous homework problems, covering a broad range of difficulties. Answers are given to odd-numbered problems, and solutions to even-numbered problems are available to instructors at