Introduction To Statistical Mechanics: Solutions To Problems

Introduction To Statistical Mechanics: Solutions To Problems

by John Dirk Walecka


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Introduction To Statistical Mechanics: Solutions To Problems by John Dirk Walecka

Statistical mechanics is concerned with defining the thermodynamic properties of a macroscopic sample in terms of the properties of the microscopic systems of which it is composed. The previous book Introduction to Statistical Mechanics provided a clear, logical, and self-contained treatment of equilibrium statistical mechanics starting from Boltzmann's two statistical assumptions, and presented a wide variety of applications to diverse physical assemblies. An appendix provided an introduction to non-equilibrium statistical mechanics through the Boltzmann equation and its extensions. The coverage in that book was enhanced and extended through the inclusion of many accessible problems. The current book provides solutions to those problems. These texts assume only introductory courses in classical and quantum mechanics, as well as familiarity with multi-variable calculus and the essentials of complex analysis. Some knowledge of thermodynamics is also assumed, although the analysis starts with an appropriate review of that topic. The targeted audience is first-year graduate students and advanced undergraduates, in physics, chemistry, and the related physical sciences. The goal of these texts is to help the reader obtain a clear working knowledge of the very useful and powerful methods of equilibrium statistical mechanics and to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the more advanced texts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789813148130
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/25/2016
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface v

1 Introduction 1

2 The Microcanonical Ensemble 13

3 Applications of the Microcanonical Ensemble 33

4 The Canonical Ensemble 71

5 Applications of the Canonical Ensemble 77

6 The Grand Canonical Ensemble 103

7 Applications of the Grand Canonical Ensemble 111

8 Special Topics 161

Appendix A Non-Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics 211

Bibliography 221

Index 225

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