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An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Robert H. Swendsen


This is a textbook on statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. It begins with the molecular nature of matter and the fact that we want to describe systems containing many (1020) particles. The first part of the book derives the entropy of the classical ideal gas using only classical statistical mechanics and Boltzmann’s analysis of multiple systems. The properties of this entropy are then expressed as postulates of thermodynamics in the second part of the book. From these postulates, the structure of thermodynamics is developed. Special features are systematic methods for deriving thermodynam ... More

Keywords: statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamic postulates, thermodynamic laws, Legendre transforms, thermodynamic potentials, Jacobians, Laplace transforms

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198853237
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198853237.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert H. Swendsen, author
Emeritus Professor, Physics Department, Carnegie Mellon University

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