Statistical Thermodynamics by Andrew Maczek

Statistical Thermodynamics

byAndrew Maczek

Paperback | January 1, 1998

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Statistical Thermodynamics sets out to provide the basic groundwork that will lead 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students of chemistry and chemical engineering from their existing knowledge of elementary classical thermodynamics to an understanding of the predictable statistical behaviour ofassemblies of large numbers of identical molecules, in an ideal gas at constant temperature and volume. It begins by establishing the basis of the Boltzmann distribution law and proceeds, through definition of the molecular partition function, to link the laws of thermodynamics (which avoid anymention of atomic or quantum theory) to the statistical behaviour of assemblies of quantum particles. Equations are derived that relate thermodynamic state functions to the molecular partition function and these form a basic tool kit with which to tackle problems from a knowledge only of therelative populations of quantum energy states. The various contributions to the partition function (translation, rotation, vibration, electronic) are explored and derived. The book ends with a chapter in which all the concepts are brought together in the calculation of equilibrium constants forreactions between ideal gases. A number of fully worked examples are included, making this an invaluable aid to undergraduate chemistry, physics, chemical engineering and materials science courses. Postgraduate biochemists and molecular biologists will also find this book useful.

About The Author

Dr Andrew Maczek, Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7HF. Tel: 0114 222 9500. Fax: 0114 273 8673. Email:

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Title:Statistical ThermodynamicsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198559119

ISBN - 13:9780198559115

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Table of Contents

1. The Boltzmann Law2. Sum Over States - The Molecular Partition Function3. Applications of the Molecular Partition Function4. From Molecule to Mole: The Canonical Partition Function5. Distinguishable and Indistinguishable Particles6. Two-level Particles - A Case Study7. Thermodynamic Functions - Towards a Statistical Tool Kit8. Translational Motion - The Ideal Monatomic Gas9. The Ideal Diatomic Gas - Internal Degrees of Freedom10. The Ideal Diatomic Gas - Rotational Partition Function11. Ortho- and Para- Spin States - A Case Study12. The Ideal Diatomic Gas - Vibrational Partition Function13. The Electronic Partition Function14. Two Case Studies: Heat Capacity and Third Law Entropy15. Calculating the Equilibrium Constant

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`'This introduction to statistical mechanics is outstanding for the clarity with which the subject is developed and the ideas explained...The book is outstanding value.''C. J. Wormald, Education in Chemistry