Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics: An Introduction to Key Concepts

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2017-11-28
224 pages

Book Description

Statistical and thermodynamics describe the behaviour of on the macroscopic scale. Their methods are applicable to a wide range of phenomena: from refrigerators to the interior of stars, from chemical reactions to magnetism. Indeed, of all laws, the laws of thermodynamics are perhaps the most universal. This text provides a concise yet thorough introduction to the key concepts which underlie statistical physics and thermodynamics.

It begins with a review of classical probability and , as well as a careful discussion of the notions of information and entropy, prior to embarking on the development of statistical physics proper. The crucial steps leading from the microscopic to the macroscopic domain are rendered transparent. In particular, the laws of thermodynamics are shown to emerge as natural consequences of the statistical . While the emphasis is on clarifying the basic concepts, the text also contains many applications and classroom-tested exercises, covering all major topics of a standard course on statistical physics and thermodynamics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Quantum Theory
Chapter 3 Constructing The State
Chapter 4 Simple Systems
Chapter 5 Thermodynamic Limit
Chapter 6 Perfect Gas
Chapter 7 Processes And Responses
Chapter 8 Phase Transitions

Book Details

  • Title: Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics: An Introduction to Key Concepts
  • Author:
  • Length: 224 pages
  • Edition: 1
  • Language: English
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  • Publication Date: 2017-11-28
  • ISBN-10: 0199595070
  • ISBN-13: 9780199595075
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