Statistical Mechanics: A Survival Guide

Paperback | August 1, 2001

byA.M. Glazer, J.S. Wark

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Statistical mechanics is the science of predicting the observable properties of a multiple bodied system by studying the statistics of the behaviour of its individual constituents, whether they are atoms, molecules, photons, etc. It provides the link between macroscopic and microscopic states,and as such has the potential to be one of the most satisfying parts of an undergraduate science course - linking in an elegant manner the quantum world with everyday observations of systems containing large numbers of particles. This excellent text is designed to introduce the fundamentals of the subject of statistical mechanics at a level suitable for students who meet the subject for the first time. The treatment given here is designed to give the student a feeling for the topic of statistical mechanics without being heldback by the need to understand complex mathematics. The text is concise and concentrates on the understanding of fundamental aspects. Numerous questions with worked solutions are given throughout.

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Statistical mechanics is the science of predicting the observable properties of a multiple bodied system by studying the statistics of the behaviour of its individual constituents, whether they are atoms, molecules, photons, etc. It provides the link between macroscopic and microscopic states,and as such has the potential to be one of ...

Professor A.M. Glazer, Department of Physics, Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU, Tel.: 01865/272290, Fax: 01865/272290, Email: m.glazer@physics.ox.ac.uk Professor J.S. Wark, Department of Physics, Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PU, Tel.: 01865/272251, Fax: 01865...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.35 inPublished:August 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Back to basics2. The statistics of distinguishable particles3. Paramagnets and oscillators4. Indistinguishable particles and monatomic ideal gases5. Diatomic ideal gases6. Quantum statistics7. Electrons in metals8. Photons and phonons9. Bose-Einstein condensation10. Ensembles11. The end is in sightAppendix A: Worked AnswersAppendix B: Useful IntegralsAppendix C: Physical ConstantsAppendix D: BibliographyIndex

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"This undergraduate text introduces fundamentals of statistical mechanics. Treatment given here is designed to give students an understanding of the topic without being held back by the need to understand complex mathematics. Chapters cover the statistics of distinguishable particles, paramagnets and oscillators, indistinguishable particles and monatomic ideal gases, diatomic ideal gases, quantum statistics, photons and phonons, and Bose-Einstein condensation. The text includes problems and worked solutions. Basic knowledge of quantum mechanics is helpful but not essential."--SciTech Book News