Topics In Statistical Mechanics (Imperial College Press Advanced Physics Texts 3)

Topics In Statistical Mechanics (Imperial College Press Advanced Physics Texts 3)

By: Brian Cowan (author)Paperback

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Building on the material learned by students in their first few years of study, this book presents an advanced level course on statistical and thermal physics. It begins with a review of the formal structure of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics considered from a unified viewpoint. After a brief revision of non-interacting systems, emphasis is laid on interacting systems. First, weakly interacting systems are considered, where the interest is in seeing how such interactions cause small deviations from the non-interacting case. Second, systems are examined where interactions lead to drastic changes, namely phase transitions. A number of specific examples are given, and these are unified within the Landau theory of phase transitions. The final chapter of the book looks at non-equilibrium systems and the way these evolve towards equilibrium. Here, fluctuations play a vital role, as is formalized in the Fluctuation-Dissipation theorem.


# The Methodology of Statistical Mechanics # Practical Calculations with Ideal Systems # Non-Ideal Gases # Phase Transitions # Fluctuations and Dynamics

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  • ISBN13: 9781860945694
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9781860945694
  • ISBN10: 1860945694

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