A Course In Statistical Thermodynamics by Joseph Kestin

By Joseph Kestin

A direction in Statistical Thermodynamics explores the actual facets of the technique of statistical thermodynamics with no using complicated mathematical equipment. This e-book is split into 14 chapters that concentrate on an accurate assertion of the Gibbsian ensemble concept couched in quantum-mechanical phrases all through.
The introductory chapters emphasize the idea that of equilibrium, section house, the main in their quantization, and the basics of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. those themes are through an exposition of the statistical strategy, revealing that the constitution of the actual concept is heavily modeled on mathematical data. A bankruptcy specializes in desk bound ensembles and the restatement of the 1st, moment, and 3rd legislation of Thermodynamics. the remainder chapters spotlight some of the really expert functions of statistical thermodynamics, together with actual and degenerate gases, easy solids, radiation, magnetic platforms, nonequilibrium states, and fluctuations. those chapters additionally offer a rigorous derivation of Boltzmann's equation, the H-theorem, and the vexing paradox that arises while microscopic reversibility needs to be reconciled with irreversible habit within the huge.
This ebook can be utilized for 2 semesters within the junior or senior years, or as a first-year graduate direction in statistical thermodynamics.

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