Series: Student Physics Series
Guenault, Tony
2nd ed. 1995. 2nd rev. and enlarged printing 2007, XI, 204 p.
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In this revised and enlarged second edition of an established text, Tony Guénault provides a clear and refreshingly readable introduction to statistical physics, an essential component of any first degree in physics. The treatment itself is self-contained and concentrates on an understanding of the physical ideas, without requiring a high level of mathematical sophistication.
The book adopts a straightforward quantum approach to statistical averaging from the outset. The initial part of the book is geared towards explaining the equilibrium properties of a simple isolated assembly of particles. Thus, several important topics, for example an ideal spin-½ solid, can be discussed at an early stage. The treatment of gases gives full coverage to Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics.
Towards the end of the book the student is introduced to a wider viewpoint and new chapters are included on chemical thermodynamics, interactions in, for example, liquid helium-3 and helium-4, and statistics under extreme conditions (superconductivity and astrophysical systems).
Content Level » Graduate
Keywords » Fitting - entropy and disorder - gases and fluids - macrostate and microstates - magnetism - statistical physics - thermodynamics
Related subjects » Classical Continuum Physics - Complexity - Physical & Information Science
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