Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics

Elementary Lectures in Statistical Mechanics

Authors: Phillies, George D.J.

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This volume is based on courses on Statistical Mechanics which I have taught for many years at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. My objective is to treat classical statistical mechanics and its modem applications, especially interacting particles, correlation functions, and time-dependent phenomena. My development is based primarily on Gibbs's ensemble formulation. Elementary Lectures in Statistical Mechanics is meant as a (relatively sophis­ ticated) undergraduate or (relatively straightforward) graduate text for physics students. It should also be suitable as a graduate text for physical chemistry stu­ dents. Physicists may find my treatment of algebraic manipulation to be more explicit than some other volumes. In my experience some of our colleagues are perhaps a bit over-enthusiastic about the ability or tendency of our students to complete gaps in the derivations. I emphasize a cyclic development of major themes. I could have begun with a fully detailed formal treatment of ensemble mechanics, as found in Gibbs's volume, and then given material realizations. I instead interleave formal discussions with simple concrete models. The models illustrate the formal definitions. The approach here gives students a chance to identify fundamental principles and methods before getting buried in ancillary details.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Elementary Lectures in Statistical Mechanics
Authors
Series Title
Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York, Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4612-1264-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4612-1264-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-98918-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4612-7068-3
Series ISSN
0938-037X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 431
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