A Course In Statistical Thermodynamics by Joseph Kestin

By Joseph Kestin

A path in Statistical Thermodynamics explores the actual features of the technique of statistical thermodynamics with out using complex mathematical tools. This booklet is split into 14 chapters that target an accurate assertion of the Gibbsian ensemble idea 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 issues are by way of an exposition of the statistical procedure, revealing that the constitution of the actual concept is heavily modeled on mathematical facts. A bankruptcy makes a speciality of desk bound ensembles and the restatement of the 1st, moment, and 3rd legislations of Thermodynamics. the remainder chapters spotlight many of the really good functions of statistical thermodynamics, together with genuine and degenerate gases, basic 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 has to be reconciled with irreversible habit within the huge.
This booklet 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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