Statistical Physics

A Prelude and Fugue for Engineers

  • Roberto Piazza

Part of the UNITEXT for Physics book series (UNITEXTPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 355-453

About this book


This book, provides a general introduction to the ideas and methods of statistical mechanics with the principal aim of meeting the needs of Master’s students in chemical, mechanical, and materials science engineering. Extensive introductory information is presented on many general physics topics in which students in engineering are inadequately trained, ranging from the Hamiltonian formulation of classical mechanics to basic quantum mechanics, electromagnetic fields in matter, intermolecular forces, and transport phenomena. Since engineers should be able to apply physical concepts, the book also focuses on the practical applications of statistical physics to material science and to cutting-edge technologies, with brief but informative sections on, for example, interfacial properties, disperse systems, nucleation, magnetic materials, superfluidity, and ultralow temperature technologies. The book adopts a graded approach to learning, the opening four basic-level chapters being followed by advanced “starred” sections in which special topics are discussed. Its relatively informal style, including the use of musical metaphors to guide the reader through the text, will aid self-learning. 


Statistical physics textbook Thermal properties of condensed matter Chemical physics for engineers Materials engineering Phase transitions, phase equilibria Structure of solids and liquids Ultra-cold atoms and molecules

Authors and affiliations

  • Roberto Piazza
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  1. 1.Dept of ChemistryPolitecnico di Milano Dept of ChemistryMilanoItaly

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