Elementary Statistical Physics

Elementary Statistical Physics

Paperback Dover Books on Physics

By (author) Charles Kittel

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 211mm x 18mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 26 April 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486435148
  • ISBN 13: 9780486435145
  • Edition statement: Dover.
  • Illustrations note: 28 figs + 1 table
  • Sales rank: 386,489

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Noteworthy for the philosophical subtlety of its foundations and the elegance of its problem-solving methods, statistical mechanics can be employed in a broad range of applications -- among them, astrophysics, biology, chemistry, nuclear and solid state physics, communications engineering, metallurgy, and mathematics. Geared toward graduate students in physics, this text covers such important topics as stochastic processes and transport theory in order to provide students with a working knowledge of statistical mechanics. To explain the fundamentals of his subject, the author uses the method of ensembles developed by J. Willard Gibbs. Topics include the properties of the Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions; the interrelated subjects of fluctuations, thermal noise, and Brownian movement; and the thermodynamics of irreversible processes. Negative temperature, magnetic energy, density matrix methods, and the Kramers-Kronig causality relations are treated briefly. Most sections include illustrative problems. Appendix. 28 figures. 1 table.

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Table of contents

1. Fundamental Principles of Statistical Mechanics 2. Fluctuations, Noise, and Irreversible Thermodynamics 3. Kinetic Methods and Transport Theory Appendix.