Lectures on Statistical Mechanics

Lectures on Statistical Mechanics

1st Edition - January 1, 1982

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  • Author: M. G. Bowler
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080984056

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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

Table of Contents

  • (partial) Preface

    Some statistics and a problem in mechanics

    States of equilibrium


    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




Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1982
  • Published: January 1, 1982
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080984056

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M. G. Bowler

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Department of Nuclear Physics, Oxford, UK

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