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An introduction to statistical mechanics and thermodynamics / by Robert H. Swendsen.

Author/Creator:
Swendsen, Robert H.
Publication:
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Series:
Oxford graduate texts.
Oxford graduate texts
Format/Description:
Book
xx, 401 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects:
Statistical mechanics.
Thermodynamics.
Summary:
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.
Contents:
Introduction
The classical ideal gas
Discrete probability theory
The classical ideal gas: configurational entropy
Continuous random numbers
The classical ideal gas: energy-dependence
Classical gases: ideal and otherwise
Temperature, pressure, chemical potential, and all that
The postulates and laws of thermodynamics
Perturbations of thermodynamic state functions
Thermodynamic processes
Thermodynamic potentials
The consequences of extensivity
Thermodynamic identities
Extremum principles
Stability conditions
Phase transitions
The Nernst postulate: the third law of thermodynamics
Ensembles in classical statistical mechanics
Classical ensembles: grand and otherwise
Irreversibility
Quantum ensembles
Quantum canonical ensemble
Black-body radiation
The harmonic solid
Ideal quantum gases
Bose-Einstein statistics
Fermi-Dirac statistics
Insulators and semiconductors
Phase transitions and the Ising model
Appendix: computer calculations and VPython.
Notes:
Includes index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Jessie A. Rodman Fund.
Contributor:
Jessie A. Rodman Fund.
ISBN:
0199646945
9780199646944 (hbk.)
Publisher no.:
99949895899
Web link:
The Jessie A. Rodman Fund Home Page
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