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An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Robert H. Swendsen


This book is an introduction to statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Relevant probability theory is included. Part 1 develops the basic ideas of statistical mechanics, as illustrated by a complete derivation of the entropy of the classical ideal gas based on Boltzmann's 1877 definition. This leads to a systematic development of thermodynamics in Part 2. Part 3 is devoted to classical statistical mechanics, including a discussion of irreversibility. Part 4 covers quantum statistical mechanics, including lattice vibrations, black-body radiation, Bose-Einstein statistics, Fermi-Dirac statist ... More

Keywords: statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, Boltzmann, entropy, probability theory, computational methods, irreversibility

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199646944
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646944.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert H. Swendsen, author
Department of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University

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