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Andrew M. Steane

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198788560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198788560.001.0001

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Elastic bands, rods, bubbles, magnets

Elastic bands, rods, bubbles, magnets

(p.188) 14 Elastic bands, rods, bubbles, magnets

Andrew M. Steane

Oxford University Press

The functions and methods developed in Chapter 13 are applied to a variety of physical systems. An elastic rod, surface tension, and paramagnetism are considered in turn. The latter is discussed at length, including cooling by adiabatic demagnetization, the ideal paramagnet, and the Curie–Weiss law. The formulae for electric and magnetic work on a dielectric or magnetic system are derived from first principles. A final section introduces the partition function and the statistical method.

Keywords:   Surface tension, paramagnetism, Curie–Weiss law, magnetic work, dielectric, partition function, statistical mechanics

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