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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
For physics undergraduates studying first course statistical mechanics
Some statistics and a problem in mechanics
States of equilibrium
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
- © Pergamon 1982
- 1st January 1982
- eBook ISBN:
Department of Nuclear Physics, Oxford, UK
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