Problems on statistical mechanics
 Responsibility
 Diego A.R. Dalvit, Jaime Frastai, Ian D. Lawrie.
 Imprint
 Bristol ; Philadelphia : Institute of Physics Pub., c1999.
 Physical description
 vii, 284 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
 Series
 Graduate student series in physics.
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QC174.884 .D35 1999  Unknown 
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Creators/Contributors
 Author/Creator
 Dalvit, Diego A. R.
 Contributor
 Frastai, Jaime.
 Lawrie, Ian D.
Contents/Summary
 Contents

 Preliminaries  review of theoretical definitions and formulae
 notation used throughout the book
 thermodynamics  first and second law
 thermodynamics potentials and quantities
 Maxwell relations  simple thermodynamic processes
 statistical ensembles  microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles
 connection with thermodynamics
 equipartition theorem
 noninteracting gases of classical particles
 noninteracting latticetype systems
 gases of molecules
 quantum statistics  statistics of indistinguishable particles, boson and fermions
 density of states
 black body radiation
 Debye's models for solids
 Bose condensation
 fermi gas
 interacting systems  classical gases and viral coefficients
 critical exponents in phase transitions
 Using type models and Heisenberg mode
 exact and mean field approaches
 nonequilibrium systems  random walk
 Merkov chains
 Master equation
 diffusion phenomena
 Boltzmann transport equation
 relaxation time approximation. Appendix: useful mathematical formulae.
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 Publisher's summary

Understanding statistical mechanics depends on a great deal of exercising and problem solving. This text provides more than 130 problems with model solutions, covering traditional and more recent areas of applications throughout physics.
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 Publisher's summary

A thorough understanding of statistical mechanics depends strongly on the insights and manipulative skills that are acquired through the solving of problems. "Problems on Statistical Mechanics" provides over 120 problems with model solutions, illustrating both basic principles and applications that range from solidstate physics to cosmology. An introductory chapter provides a summary of the basic concepts and results that are needed to tackle the problems, and also serves to establish the notation that is used throughout this book. The problems themselves occupy five chapters, progressing from the simpler aspects of thermodynamics and equilibrium statistical ensembles to the more challenging ideas associated with strongly interacting systems and nonequilibrium processes.Comprehensive solutions to all of the problems are designed to illustrate efficient and elegant problemsolving techniques. Where appropriate, the authors incorporate extended discussions of the points of principle that arise in the course of the solutions. The appendix provides useful mathematical formulae.
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Subjects
 Subjects
 Statistical mechanics > Problems, exercises, etc.
Bibliographic information
 Publication date
 1999
 Series
 Graduate student series in physics
 Note
 Includes index.
 ISBN
 0750305215 (pbk. : alk. paper)
 0750305207 (hbk. : alk. paper)
 9780750305211 (pbk. : alk. paper)
 9780750305204 (hbk. : alk. paper)