## Introductory Topics in Theoretical Physics: Relativity, Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, and Statistical Mechanics |

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### Contents

Introduction | 1 |

Part One Special Relativity | 5 |

The experimental basis for special relativity | 7 |

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4-vector adiabatic adiabatic process apply approximation assume band basic Boltzmann calculate canonical ensemble cells coefficient collisions components consider const constant coordinates corresponding curve define density derivatives differential discuss distribution electromagnetic electrons ensemble entropy equal equation equilibrium equipartition theorem evaluate exact differential example formula frequency gases Gibbs function given Hamiltonian heat capacity hence ideal gas illustrated in Fig independent integral isolated system isothermal kilomole Lorentz transformation magnetic Maxwell's equations microcanonical ensemble molecules momentum monatomic motion normal modes number of molecules observed obtain oscillator partition function possible potential energy pressure probability properties quantities quantum quantum mechanical result second law shown in Fig speed statistical mechanics substitute subsystems T-space temperature tensor theorem thermal thermodynamic third law valence band variables velocity virial coefficient volume Waals write zero