Statistical Mechanics

Statistical Mechanics

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Statistical Mechanics explores the physical properties of matter based on the dynamic behavior of its microscopic constituents. After a historical introduction, this book presents chapters about thermodynamics, ensemble theory, simple gases theory, Ideal Bose and Fermi systems, statistical mechanics of interacting systems, phase transitions, and computer simulations.

This edition includes new topics such as BoseEinstein condensation and degenerate Fermi gas behavior in ultracold atomic gases and chemical equilibrium. It also explains the correlation functions and scattering; fluctuationdissipation theorem and the dynamical structure factor; phase equilibrium and the Clausius-Clapeyron equation; and exact solutions of one-dimensional fluid models and two-dimensional Ising model on a finite lattice. New topics can be found in the appendices, including finite-size scaling behavior of Bose-Einstein condensates, a summary of thermodynamic assemblies and associated statistical ensembles, and pseudorandom number generators. Other chapters are dedicated to two new topics, the thermodynamics of the early universe and the Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations.

This book is invaluable to students and practitioners interested in statistical mechanics and physics.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 744 pages
  • 190.5 x 233.68 x 43.18mm | 1,247.37g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • Approx. 150 illustrations; Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0123821886
  • 9780123821881
  • 328,061

Table of contents

Historical introduction; The statistical basis of thermodynamics; Elements of the ensemble theory; The canonical ensemble; The grand canonical ensemble; Formulation of quantum statistics; The theory of simple gases; Ideal Bose systems; Ideal Fermi systems; Statistical mechanics of interacting systems: The method of cluster expansions, the method of quantized fields; Phase transitions: critically, universality and scaling, exact (or almost exact) results for the various models, the renormalization group approach; Fluctuations.
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Review Text

This classic text, first published in 1972, is designed for graduate physics courses in statistical
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'This is an excellent book from which to learn the methods and results of statistical mechanics.'

'A well written graduate-level text for scientists and engineers... Highly recommended for graduate-level libraries.'

'This book provides a very clear exposition of the main ideas and
techniques of statistical physics.'
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