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Physics - Classical Continuum Physics | Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Greiner, Walter, Neise, Ludwig, Stöcker, Horst

Translated by Rischke, D.

Original German edition published by Harri Deutsch Verlag, 1987

1995, XII, 463 pp. 186 illus.

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More than a generation of German-speaking students around the world have worked their way to an understanding and appreciation of the power and beauty of modem theoretical physics-with mathematics, the most fundamental of sciences-using WaIter Greiner's textbooks as their guide. The idea of developing a coherent, complete presentation of an entire field of science in a series of closely related textbooks is not a new one. Many older physicians remember with real pleasure their sense of adventure and discovery as they worked their ways through the classic series by Sommerfeld, by Planck and by Landau and Lifshitz. From the students' viewpoint, there are a great many obvious advantages to be gained through use of consistent notation, logical ordering of topics and coherence of presentation; beyond this, the complete coverage of the science provides a unique opportunity for the author to convey his personal enthusiasm and love for his subject. These volumes on classical physics, finally available in English, complement Greiner's texts on quantum physics, most of which have been available to English-speaking audiences for some time. The complete set of books will thus provide a coherent view of physics that includes, in classical physics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, classical dynam­ ics, electromagnetism, and general relativity; and in quantum physics, quantum mechanics, symmetries, relativistic quantum mechanics, quantum electro- and chromodynamics, and the gauge theory of weak interactions.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Potential - Theoretical physics - entropy - phase Transition - radiation - statistical mechanics - statistical physics - thermodynamics

Related subjects » Classical Continuum Physics - Complexity

Table of contents 

Foreword; Preface; I. Thermodynamics 1. Equilibrium and State Quantities; 2. The Laws of Thermodynamics; 3. Phase Transitions and Chemical Reactions; 4. Thermodynamic Potentials II. Statistical Mechanics 5. Number of Microstates and Entropy; 6. Ensemble Theory and the Microcanonical Ensemble; 7. The Canonical Ensemble; 8. Application of Boltzmann Statistics; 9. The Macrocanonical Ensemble III. Quantum Statistics 10. Density Operators; 11. The Symmetry Character of Many-Particle Wavefunctions; 12. Grand Canonical Description of Ideal Quantum Systems; 13. The Ideal Bose Gas; 14. Ideal Fermi Gas; 15. Applications of Relativistic Bose and Fermi Gases IV. Real Gases and Phase Transitions 16. Real Gases; 17. Classification of Phase Transitions; 18. The Models of Ising and Heisenberg; Index

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