Lectures on Statistical Mechanics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080265155, 9780080984056

Lectures on Statistical Mechanics

1st Edition

Authors: M. G. Bowler
eBook ISBN: 9780080984056
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1982
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Description

Anyone dissatisfied with the almost ritual dullness of many 'standard' texts in statistical mechanics will be grateful for the lucid explanation and generally reassuring tone. Aimed at securing firm foundations for equilibrium statistical mechanics, topics of great subtlety are presented transparently and enthusiastically. Very little mathematical preparation is required beyond elementary calculus and prerequisites in physics are limited to some elementary classical thermodynamics. Suitable as a basis for a first course in statistical mechanics, the book is an ideal supplement to more conventional texts

Readership

For physics undergraduates studying first course statistical mechanics

Table of Contents

(partial) Preface

Some statistics and a problem in mechanics

States of equilibrium

Tradition

Critical analysis

The classical perfect gas

The equipartition of energy and some specific heats

Some thermodynamic functions

Thermodynamics of an ideal gas

Entropy of mixing: Gibbs' paradox

Indistinguishability and exchange degeneracy

The better way: canonical and grand canonical approaches

Mean values and fluctuations

Identical particles again

Bosons: Bose-Einstein condensation and black body radiation

Degenerate Fermi gases

Gravitation

Bibliography

Index

Details

Language:
English
Copyright:
© Pergamon 1982
Published:
Imprint:
Pergamon
eBook ISBN:
9780080984056

About the Author

M. G. Bowler

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Nuclear Physics, Oxford, UK