Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Equilibrium by Entropy Maximisation


  • Phil Attard

DescriptionThis account of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics is based on entropy and its maximization. Building from first principles, it gives a transparent explanation of the physical behaviour of equilibrium thermodynamic systems, and it presents a comprehensive, self-contained account of the modern mathematical and computational techniques of statistical mechanics.Importance of TopicThis field of study is of vital importance to researchers, lecturers and students alike. Why This TitleDr Attard is a well-known researcher in statistical mechanics who has made significant contributions to this field. His book offers a fresh perspective on the foundations of statistical thermodynamics. It includes a number of new results and novel derivations, and provides an intriguing alternative to existing monographs. Especially of note are the simple graphs and figures that illustrate the text throughout and the logical organization of the material. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics will be an invaluable and comprehensive reference manual for research scientists. This text can be used as a complement to existing texts and for supplementary reading.
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For research scientists in the field of statistical mechanics or equilibrium thermodynamics. Graduate students in physical chemistry, theoretical chemistry, chemical engineering or physics. University or college lecturers and undergraduate students in physics, chemistry or chemical engineering


Book information

  • Published: July 2002
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-066321-7

Table of Contents

Isolated Systems and Thermal EquilibriumVarious ReservoirsProbability and General FormalismClassical Statistical MechanicsIdeal SystemsInteracting ParticlesDiagrammatic and Functional ExpansionsPair FunctionsDensity Functional TheoryInhomogeneous SystemsCoulomb SystemsComputer Simulations