By Joseph Kestin

A path in Statistical Thermodynamics explores the actual features of the technique of statistical thermodynamics with no using complicated mathematical equipment. This ebook is split into 14 chapters that concentrate on an accurate assertion of the Gibbsian ensemble conception couched in quantum-mechanical phrases all through.
The introductory chapters emphasize the idea that of equilibrium, section area, the main in their quantization, and the basics of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. those issues are through an exposition of the statistical procedure, revealing that the constitution of the actual concept is heavily modeled on mathematical information. A bankruptcy makes a speciality of desk bound ensembles and the restatement of the 1st, moment, and 3rd legislation of Thermodynamics. the remainder chapters spotlight a few of the really expert functions of statistical thermodynamics, together with genuine and degenerate gases, easy solids, radiation, magnetic structures, nonequilibrium states, and fluctuations. those chapters additionally offer a rigorous derivation of Boltzmann's equation, the H-theorem, and the vexing paradox that arises whilst microscopic reversibility has to be reconciled with irreversible habit within the huge.
This ebook can be utilized for 2 semesters within the junior or senior years, or as a first-year graduate path in statistical thermodynamics.

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