Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Paperback | November 14, 2001

byWalter Greiner, Ludwig NeiseTranslated byD. Rischke

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The series of texts Classical Theoretical Physics is based on thehighly successful series of courses given by Walter Greiner andhis colleagues at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University inFrankfurt am Main, Germany. Intended for advanced undergraduatesand beginning graduate students, the volumes in this series willprovide not only a complete survey of classical theoreticalphysics but also an enormous number of worked examples andproblems to show students clearly how to apply the underlyingprinciples to realistic problems.Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics covers:Thermodynamics- basic definitions of thermodynamics, equilibrium, state variables- the first and second laws- phase transitions and chemical reactions- thermodynamic potentialsStatistical Mechanics- statistics of microscopic states and connection to the entropy- the microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles- applications of Boltzmann statisticsQuantum Statistics- the density operator- many-particle wave functions- ideal quantum systems- the ideal Bose gas and applications to blackbody radiation, Kirchhoff's law, and lattice vibrations- the ideal Fermi gas and applications to condensed-matter physics, astrophysics, and nuclear physics- relativistic Bose and Fermi gases and applications to particle physicsReal Gases and Phase Transitions- real gases and the virial expansion- classification of phase transitions and critical indices- the Ising and Heisenberg models

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The series of texts Classical Theoretical Physics is based on thehighly successful series of courses given by Walter Greiner andhis colleagues at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University inFrankfurt am Main, Germany. Intended for advanced undergraduatesand beginning graduate students, the volumes in this series willprovide not only a com...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:476 pages, 9.21 × 7.24 × 0.27 inPublished:November 14, 2001Publisher:Springer New York

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ISBN - 10:0387942998

ISBN - 13:9780387942995

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; I. Thermodynamics1. Equilibrium and State Quantities; 2. The Laws of Thermodynamics; 3. Phase Transitions and Chemical Reactions; 4. Thermodynamic PotentialsII. Statistical Mechanics5. Number of Microstates and Entropy; 6. Ensemble Theory and the Microcanonical Ensemble; 7. The Canonical Ensemble; 8. Application of Boltzmann Statistics; 9. The Macrocanonical EnsembleIII. Quantum Statistics10. Density Operators; 11. The Symmetry Character of Many-Particle Wavefunctions; 12. Grand Canonical Description of Ideal Quantum Systems; 13. The Ideal Bose Gas; 14. Ideal Fermi Gas; 15. Applications of Relativistic Bose and Fermi GasesIV. Real Gases and Phase Transitions16. Real Gases; 17. Classification of Phase Transitions; 18. The Models of Ising and Heisenberg; Index

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"This book excels by its variety of modern examples in solid state physics, magnetism, elementary particle physics... In conclusion, I can recommend it strongly as a valuable source, especially to those who are teaching basic statistical physics at our universities." Physicalia