Statistical Mechanics of Phases, Interfaces and Thin Films / Edition 1

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This book is suitable to be used as a text in introducing graduate courses or advanced undergraduate courses on the equilibrium statistical mechanics of bulk phases, interfaces, thin films and associations colloids. Emphasis is placed on exactly solvable models or physically motivated approximate theories that offer revealing insights into the molecular origins of the behaviour of materials in equilibrium. Also emphasized are theoretically motivated semiempirical models that can be used in quantitative predictions of phase and interfacial behavior. The book is unique in its unified approach to the theory of phases and their interfaces and on the density functional theory that unification is based on.

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A textbook providing a unified theory of phases and their interfaces and of the molecular and supramolecular structure of fluids. Simple solids and magnetic systems are only briefly treated. Chapters one through six provide an introductory course in statistical mechanics and phase behavior, while chapters six through 14 can be used for a one-term course of the statistical mechanics of the behavior of phases, interfaces, thin films, and colloidal systems. Chapter 15 covers determination of microstructure by scattering methods. For scientists and advanced undergraduate and graduate students in chemistry, engineering, physics, and materials science. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471185628
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/11/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 728
  • Product dimensions: 7.17 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.46 (d)

Table of Contents

From the Contents:
Kinetic Theory of Dilute Gases in Equilibrium/
Intermolecular Forces and Quantum Mechanics of Energy Levels/
Ensemble Theory/
Ideal Gases and Solids/
Statistical Mechanics of Simple Classical Fluids/
Capillarity and Interfacial Thermodynamics/
Yvon-Born-Green Equations and the Structure/
Density and Potential Functional Theory of Fluid Structure and Thermodynamics/
Approximate Theories of Pair Correlation Functions/
One-Dimensional Hard Rod Fluids/
Structure, Stress and Tension of Thin-Films and Interfaces.

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