2nd Edition

Statistical and Thermal Physics
An Introduction

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ISBN 9780367461348
May 21, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
344 Pages

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Book Description

Thermal and statistical physics has established the principles and procedures needed to understand and explain the properties of systems consisting of macroscopically large numbers of particles. By developing microscopic statistical physics and macroscopic classical thermodynamic descriptions in tandem, Statistical and Thermal Physics: An Introduction provides insight into basic concepts and relationships at an advanced undergraduate level. This second edition is updated throughout, providing a highly detailed, profoundly thorough, and comprehensive introduction to the subject and features exercises within the text as well as end-of-chapter problems.

Part I of the book consists of nine chapters, the first three of which deal with the basics of equilibrium thermodynamics, including the fundamental relation. The following three chapters introduce microstates and lead to the Boltzmann definition of the entropy using the microcanonical ensemble approach. In developing the subject the ideal gas and the ideal spin system are introduced as models for discussion. The laws of thermodynamics are compactly stated. The final three chapters in Part I introduce the thermodynamic potentials and the Maxwell relations. Applications of thermodynamics to gases, condensed matter, and to phase transitions and critical phenomena are dealt with in detail.

Initial chapters in Part II present the elements of probability theory and establish the thermodynamic equivalence of the three statistical ensembles that are used in determining probabilities. The canonical and the grand canonical distributions are obtained and discussed. Chapters 12-15 are concerned with quantum distributions. By making use of the grand canonical distribution the Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein quantum distribution functions are derived and then used to explain the properties of ideal Fermi and Bose gases. The Planck distribution is introduced and applied to photons in radiation and to phonons on solids. The last five chapters cover a variety of topics: the ideal gas revisited, non-ideal systems, the density matrix, reactions and irreversible thermodynamics. A flow chart is provided to assist instructors on planning a course.

Key Features:

  • Fully updated throughout, with new content on exciting topics including black hole thermodynamics, Heisenberg antiferromagnetic chains , entropy and information theory, renewable and non-renewable energy sources, mean field theory of , antiferromagnetic systems, and more
  • Additional problem exercises with solutions provide further learning opportunities
  • Suitable for advanced undergraduate students in physics or applied physics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Basic Concepts.

Chapter 2. Energy: The First Law.

Chapter 3. Entropy: The Second Law.

Chapter 4. Microstates for Large Systems.

Chapter 5. Entropy and Temperature: Microscopic Statistical Interpretation.

Chapter 6. Zero Kelvin and the Third Law Application.

Chapter 7. Application of Thermodynamics to Gases: the Maxwell Relations.

Chapter 8. Applications of Thermodynamics to Condensed Matter.

Chapter 9. Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena.

Chapter 10. Ensembles and the Canonical Distirbution.

Chapter 11. The Grand Canonical Distribution.

Chapter 12. The Quantum Distribution Functions.

Chpater 13. Ideal Fermi Gas.

Chapter 14. Ideal Bose Gas.

Chapter 15. Photons and Phonons - The "Planck Gas".

Chapter 16. The Classical Ideal Gas.

Chapter 17. Nonideal Systems.

Chapter 18. The Denity Matrix.

Chapter 19. Reactions and Related Processes.

Chapter 20. Introduction to Irreversible Thermodynamics.

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Michael J.R. Hoch spent many years as a visiting scientist at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University, USA. Prior to this he was professor of physics and director of the Condensed Matter Physics Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where he is currently professor emeritus in the School of Physics.

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