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Statistical and Thermal Physics

An Introduction, 1st Edition

By Michael J.R. Hoch

CRC Press

450 pages

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Concepts and relationships in thermal and statistical physics form the foundation for describing systems consisting of macroscopically large numbers of particles. Developing microscopic statistical physics and macroscopic classical thermodynamic descriptions in tandem, Statistical and Thermal Physics: An Introduction provides insight into basic con

Table of Contents

CLASSICAL THERMAL PHYSICS: THE MICROCANONICAL ENSEMBLE: Introduction to Classical Thermal Physics Concepts: The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. Microstates and the Statistical Interpretation of Entropy. Applications of Thermodynamics to Gases and Condensed Matter, Phase Transitions, and Critical Phenomena. QUANTUM STATISTICAL PHYSICS AND THERMAL PHYSICS APPLICATIONS: The Canonical and Grand Canonical Ensembles and Distributions. Quantum Distribution Functions, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein Statistics, Photons, and Phonons. The Classical Ideal Gas, Maxwell-Boltzmann Statistics, Nonideal Systems. The Density Matrix, Reactions and Related Processes, and Introduction to Irreversible Thermodynamics. Appendices. Index.

About the Author

Michael J.R. Hoch is a visiting scientist in the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University and an emeritus professor and honorary professorial research fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / Physical & Theoretical
SCIENCE / Physics
SCIENCE / Mechanics / Dynamics / Thermodynamics