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Essential Statistical Physics

Malcolm P. Kennett, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia


This clear and pedagogical text delivers a concise overview of classical and quantum statistical physics. Essential Statistical Physics shows students how to relate the macroscopic properties of physical systems to their microscopic degrees of freedom, preparing them for graduate courses in areas such as biophysics, condensed matter physics, atomic physics and statistical mechanics. Topics covered include the microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical ensembles, Liouville's Theorem, Kinetic Theory, non-interacting Fermi and Bose systems and phase transitions, and the Ising model. Detailed…

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  • Delivers a focused yet accessible exposition of key topics in statistical physics
  • Presents all steps in mathematical derivations allowing students to quickly develop a deep understanding of statistical techniques
  • End of chapter problems reinforce important concepts developed within each chapter
  • A detailed appendix on thermodynamics is provided for students requiring revision of introductory thermal physics

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