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Elementary Lectures in Statistical Mechanics

  • George D. J. Phillies

Part of the Graduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (GTCP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Fundamentals: Separable Classical Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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      Pages 59-79
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      Pages 80-89
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  3. Separable Quantum Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
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  4. Interacting Particles and Cluster Expansions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
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  5. Correlation Functions and Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
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  6. A Research Problem

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 373-373
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 423-431

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

classical systems correlation equilibrium properties mechanics quantum systems statistical mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  • George D. J. Phillies
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and Associated Biochemistry FacultyWorcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcesterUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4612-1264-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7068-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-1264-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0938-037X
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