Introduction to Statistical Mechanics: Solutions to Problems by John Dirk Walecka

Introduction to Statistical Mechanics: Solutions to Problems

byJohn Dirk Walecka

Kobo ebook | August 25, 2016

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Statistical mechanics is concerned with defining the thermodynamic properties of a macroscopic sample in terms of the properties of the microscopic systems of which it is composed. The previous book Introduction to Statistical Mechanics provided a clear, logical, and self-contained treatment of equilibrium statistical mechanics starting from Boltzmann's two statistical assumptions, and presented a wide variety of applications to diverse physical assemblies. An appendix provided an introduction to non-equilibrium statistical mechanics through the Boltzmann equation and its extensions. The coverage in that book was enhanced and extended through the inclusion of many accessible problems. The current book provides solutions to those problems. These texts assume only introductory courses in classical and quantum mechanics, as well as familiarity with multi-variable calculus and the essentials of complex analysis. Some knowledge of thermodynamics is also assumed, although the analysis starts with an appropriate review of that topic. The targeted audience is first-year graduate students and advanced undergraduates, in physics, chemistry, and the related physical sciences. The goal of these texts is to help the reader obtain a clear working knowledge of the very useful and powerful methods of equilibrium statistical mechanics and to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the more advanced texts.

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • The Microcanonical Ensemble
  • Applications of the Microcanonical Ensemble
  • The Canonical Ensemble
  • Applications of the Canonical Ensemble
  • The Grand Canonical Ensemble
  • Applications of the Grand Canonical Ensemble
  • Special Topics
  • Appendix A: Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Readership: Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in physics, chemistry and related physical sciences, and researchers.Key Features:

  • A learning and teaching tool, providing solutions to diverse problems
  • Assuming only introductory courses in classical and quantum mechanics, as well as familiarity with multi-variable calculus and the essentials of complex analysis, the text is accessible to most physics students
Title:Introduction to Statistical Mechanics: Solutions to ProblemsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 25, 2016Publisher:World Scientific Publishing CompanyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9813148152

ISBN - 13:9789813148154

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