A Course In Statistical Thermodynamics by Joseph Kestin

By Joseph Kestin

A direction in Statistical Thermodynamics explores the actual points of the method of statistical thermodynamics with out using complex mathematical equipment. This publication is split into 14 chapters that target an accurate assertion of the Gibbsian ensemble thought couched in quantum-mechanical phrases all through.
The introductory chapters emphasize the concept that of equilibrium, section area, 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 facts. A bankruptcy specializes in desk bound ensembles and the restatement of the 1st, moment, and 3rd legislation of Thermodynamics. the remainder chapters spotlight a few of the really good functions of statistical thermodynamics, together with actual and degenerate gases, uncomplicated 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 whilst microscopic reversibility needs 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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