Statistical mechanics : a survival guide

Bibliographic Information

Statistical mechanics : a survival guide

A.M. Glazer and J.S. Wark

Oxford University Press, 2001

  • : pbk

Available at  / 11 libraries

Search this Book/Journal


Includes bibliographical references (p. [139]) and index

Description and Table of Contents


Statistical mechanics is the science of predicting the observable properties of a multiple bodied system by studying the statistics of the behaviour of its individual constituents, whether they are atoms, molecules, photons, etc. It provides the link between macroscopic and microscopic states, and as such has the potential to be one of the most satisfying parts of an undergraduate science course - linking in an elegant manner the quantum world with everyday observations of systems containing large numbers of particles. This excellent text is designed to introduce the fundamentals of the subject of statistical mechanics at a level suitable for students who meet the subject for the first time. The treatment given here is designed to give the student a feeling for the topic of statistical mechanics without being held back by the need to understand complex mathematics. The text is concise and concentrates on the understanding of fundamental aspects. Numerous questions with worked solutions are given throughout.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • 1. Back to basics
  • 2. The statistics of distinguishable particles
  • 3. Paramagnets and oscillators
  • 4. Indistinguishable particles and monatomic ideal gases
  • 5. Diatomic ideal gases
  • 6. Quantum statistics
  • 7. Electrons in metals
  • 8. Photons and phonons
  • 9. Bose-Einstein condensation
  • 10. Ensembles
  • 11. The end is in sight
  • Appendix A: Worked Answers
  • Appendix B: Useful Integrals
  • Appendix C: Physical Constants
  • Appendix D: Bibliography
  • Index

by "Nielsen BookData"


  • NCID
  • ISBN
    • 0198508158
    • 9780198508168
  • Country Code
  • Title Language Code
  • Text Language Code
  • Place of Publication
  • Pages/Volumes
    xiii, 142 p.
  • Size
    24 cm
  • Subject Headings
Page Top