An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics by Robert H. Swendsen

By Robert H. Swendsen

this article provides the 2 complementary points of thermal physics as an built-in idea of the houses of subject. Conceptual figuring out is promoted by means of thorough improvement of easy techniques. unlike many texts, statistical mechanics, together with dialogue of the mandatory chance conception, is gifted first. this gives a statistical beginning for the idea that of entropy, that's significant to thermal physics. a special function of the publication is the
development of entropy according to Boltzmann's 1877 definition; this avoids contradictions or advert hoc corrections present in different texts. designated basics supply a typical grounding for complicated subject matters, resembling black-body radiation and quantum gases. an in depth set of difficulties (solutions are
available for teachers during the OUP website), many together with specific computations, increase the middle content material by way of probing crucial suggestions. The textual content is designed for a two-semester undergraduate path yet might be tailored for one-semester classes emphasizing both point of thermal physics. it's also appropriate for graduate study.

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