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By Joseph Kestin

A direction in Statistical Thermodynamics explores the actual elements of the technique of statistical thermodynamics with out using complex mathematical equipment. This publication is split into 14 chapters that concentrate on an accurate assertion of the Gibbsian ensemble thought couched in quantum-mechanical phrases all through.
The introductory chapters emphasize the concept that of equilibrium, part house, the primary in their quantization, and the basics of quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. those themes are via an exposition of the statistical procedure, revealing that the constitution of the actual conception is heavily modeled on mathematical information. A bankruptcy makes a speciality of desk bound ensembles and the restatement of the 1st, moment, and 3rd legislations of Thermodynamics. the remainder chapters spotlight a number of the really expert purposes of statistical thermodynamics, together with actual and degenerate gases, easy solids, radiation, magnetic platforms, nonequilibrium states, and fluctuations. those chapters additionally supply a rigorous derivation of Boltzmann's equation, the H-theorem, and the vexing paradox that arises whilst microscopic reversibility has to be reconciled with irreversible habit within the huge.
This e-book can be utilized for 2 semesters within the junior or senior years, or as a first-year graduate path in statistical thermodynamics.

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