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Introductory Course of Statistical Mechanics, An
Authors:   P. B. Pal

ISBN: 978-81-7319-864-9 
Publication Year:   Reprint 2013
Pages:   396
Binding:   Paper Back

About the book

An Introductory Course on Statistical Mechanics introduces the subject to readers without any prior knowledge of the subject. In most textbooks, Statistical Mechanics appears to be a branch of Condensed Matter Physics. This book has a different perspective. It gives great importance to relativistic systems, thus paving the way to various applications of Statistical Mechanics to Astrophysics and Cosmology. Non-relativistic systems and their applications to Condensed Matter Physics are not abandoned either: there are discussions on gases, liquids and magnetic systems. The book ends with one chapter on Phase Transitions and one on Boltzmann equation. Overall, the book presents Statistical Mechanics from a broader perspective encompassing many branches of Physics.

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Table of content

Preface / List of Figures / A Review of Thermodynamics / Microstates and Macrostates / Micro-canonical Ensemble / Canonical Ensemble / Grand Canonical Ensemble / Equivalence of Different Ensembles / Non-interacting Bose Gas / Non-interacting Fermi Gas / Heat Capacities / Stellar Matter / Approximation Methods / Fluids / Ising and Related Models / Inhomogeneous Systems / Phase Transitions / Boltzmann Equation / A: Physical Constants / B: Useful Mathematical Results / C: Books of Related Interest / D: Answers to Selected Exercises / Index.

Undergraduate & Postgraduate Students in Physics