Statistical physics is a core component of most undergraduate (and some post-graduate) physics degree courses. It is primarily concerned with the behavior of matter in bulk-from boiling water to the superconductivity of metals. Ultimately, it seeks to uncover the laws governing random processes, such as the snow on your TV screen. This essential new textbook guides the reader quickly and critically through a statistical view of the physical world, including a wide range of physical applications to illustrate the methodology. It moves from basic examples to more advanced topics, such as broken symmetry and the Bose-Einstein equation. To accompany the text, the author, a renowned expert in the field, has written a Solutions Manual/Instructor's Guide, available free of charge to lecturers who adopt this book for their courses. Introduction to Statistical Physics will appeal to students and researchers in physics, applied mathematics and statistics.
Table of Contents
The Macroscopic View. Heat and Entropy. Using Thermodynamics. Phase Transitions. The Statistical Approach. Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution. Transport Phenomena. Quantum Statistics. The Fermi Gas. The Bose Gas. Bose-Einstein Condensation. Canonical Ensemble. Grand Canonical Ensemble. The Order Parameter. Superfluidity. Noise. Stochastic Processes. Time- Series Analysis.