Lectures on Statistical Mechanics

Author: M. G. Bowler
Publisher: Newnes
ISBN: 0080984053
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Anyone dissatisfied with the almost ritual dullness of many 'standard' texts in statistical mechanics will be grateful for the lucid explanation and generally reassuring tone. Aimed at securing firm foundations for equilibrium statistical mechanics, topics of great subtlety are presented transparently and enthusiastically. Very little mathematical preparation is required beyond elementary calculus and prerequisites in physics are limited to some elementary classical thermodynamics. Suitable as a basis for a first course in statistical mechanics, the book is an ideal supplement to more conventional texts

Elementary Lectures in Statistical Mechanics

Author: George D.J. Phillies
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1461212642
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This textbook for graduates and advanced undergraduates in physics and physical chemistry covers the major areas of statistical mechanics and concludes with the level of current research. It begins with the fundamental ideas of averages and ensembles, focusing on classical systems described by continuous variables such as position and momentum, and using the ideal gas as an example. It then turns to quantum systems, beginning with diatomic molecules and working up through blackbody radiation and chemical equilibria. The discussion of equilibrium properties of systems of interacting particles includes such techniques as cluster expansions and distribution functions and uses non-ideal gases, liquids, and solutions. Dynamic behavior -- treated here more extensively than in other texts -- is discussed from the point of view of correlation functions. The text concludes with the problem of diffusion in a suspension of interacting hard spheres and what can be learned about such a system from scattered light. Intended for a one-semester course, the text includes several "asides" on topics usually omitted from introductory courses, as well as numerous exercises.

Statistical Mechanics

Author: Richard P. Feynman
Publisher: Westview Press
ISBN: 9780813346106
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Physics, rather than mathematics, is the focus in this classic graduate lecture note volume on statistical mechanics and the physics of condensed matter. This book provides a concise introduction to basic concepts and a clear presentation of difficult topics, while challenging the student to reflect upon as yet unanswered questions.

Statistical Mechanics

Author: Wolfgang Pauli
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 9780486414607
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Important text represents a concise course on the subject, centering on the historic development of the basic ideals and the logical structure of the theory, with particular emphasis on Brownian motion and quantum statistics. Alone or as part of the complete set, this volume represents a peerless resource.

Statistical Mechanics

Author: Richard Phillips Feynman
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Physics, rather than mathematics, is the focus in this classic graduate lecture note volume on statistical mechanics and the physics of condensed matter. This book provides a concise introduction to basic concepts and a clear presentation of difficult topics, while challenging the student to reflect upon as yet unanswered questions.

Mathematical Statistical Physics

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Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780080479231
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The proceedings of the 2005 les Houches summer school on Mathematical Statistical Physics give and broad and clear overview on this fast developing area of interest to both physicists and mathematicians. Introduction to a field of math with many interdisciplinary connections in physics, biology, and computer science Roadmap to the next decade of mathematical statistical mechanics Volume for reference years to come

Lectures on Statistical Physics and Protein Folding

Author: Kerson Huang
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814481068
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' This book introduces an approach to protein folding from the point of view of kinetic theory. There is an abundance of data on protein folding, but few proposals are available on the mechanism driving the process. Here, presented for the first time, are suggestions on possible research directions, as developed by the author in collaboration with C C Lin. The first half of this invaluable book contains a concise but relatively complete review of relevant topics in statistical mechanics and kinetic theory. It includes standard topics such as thermodynamics, the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, and ensemble theory. Special discussions include the dynamics of phase transitions, and Brownian motion as an illustration of stochastic processes. The second half develops topics in molecular biology and protein structure, with a view to discovering mechanisms underlying protein folding. Attention is focused on the energy flow through the protein in its folded state. A mathematical model, based on the Brownian motion of coupled harmonic oscillators, is worked out in the appendix. Contents:EntropyMaxwell–Boltzmann DistributionFree EnergyChemical PotentialPhase TransitionsKinetics of Phase TransitionsThe Order ParameterCorrelation FunctionStochastic ProcessesLangevin EquationThe Life ProcessSelf-AssemblyKinetics of Protein FoldingPower Laws in Protein FoldingSelf-Avoiding Walk and TurbulenceConvergent Evolution in Protein Folding Readership: Graduate students, researchers and academics interested in statistical physics and molecular biology. Keywords:Statistical Physics;Protein Folding;BiophysicsReviews:“My particularly favorite is the chapter on order parameters, explaining with simplicity and clarity this subject so frequently difficult and confusing for the beginning students … the book makes a strong attempt to place the protein folding problem where it really belongs — in the context of fundamental statistical mechanics. Whether the attempt is successful or not is a matter of a reader's opinion, but the very direction is both timely and welcome.”Professor Alexander Grosberg University of Minnesota '