By Terrell L. Hill
"A huge variety of routines of a large variety of trouble make this e-book much more useful…a strong addition to the literature on thermodynamics on the undergraduate level." — Philosophical Magazine
Although written on an introductory point, this wide-ranging textual content offers vast assurance of issues of present curiosity in equilibrium statistical mechanics. certainly, definite conventional subject matters are given just a little condensed remedy to permit room for a survey of more moderen advances.
The e-book is split into 4 significant sections. Part I deals with the foundations of quantum statistical mechanics and contains discussions of power degrees, states and eigenfunctions, degeneracy and different issues. Part II examines platforms composed of autonomous molecules or of alternative self sustaining subsystems. themes variety from excellent monatomic gasoline and monatomic crystals to polyatomic gasoline and configuration of polymer molecules and rubber elasticity. An exam of structures of interacting molecules contains the 9 chapters in Part in poor health, reviewing such matters as lattice records, imperfect gases and dilute liquid options. Part IV covers quantum information and contains sections on Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein records, photon gasoline and free-volume theories of quantum liquids.
Each bankruptcy contains difficulties various in hassle — starting from basic numerical workouts to small-scale "research" propositions. furthermore, supplementary studying lists for every bankruptcy invite scholars to pursue the topic at a extra complicated point. Readers are assumed to have studied thermodynamics, calculus, user-friendly differential equations and straight forward quantum mechanics.
Because of the pliability of the bankruptcy preparations, this booklet particularly lends itself to exploit in a one-or two-semester graduate direction in chemistry, a one-semester senior or graduate direction in physics or an introductory direction in statistical mechanics.
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