## Statistical MechanicsUnlike most other texts on the subject, this clear, concise introduction to the theory of microscopic bodies treats the modern theory of critical phenomena. Provides up-to-date coverage of recent major advances, including a self-contained description of thermodynamics and the classical kinetic theory of gases, interesting applications such as superfluids and the quantum Hall effect, several current research applications, The last three chapters are devoted to the Landau-Wilson approach to critical phenomena. Many new problems and illustrations have been added to this edition. |

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SOME APPLICATIONS OF THERMODYNAMICS | 31 |

THE EQUILIBRIUM STATE OF A DILUTE | 73 |

CANONICAL ENSEMBLE | 143 |

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approximation assume atoms average becomes Bose calculate called classical collision condition consider constant contains coordinates corresponds critical defined definition denoted density depends derivation determined dimension discussion distribution effect eigenvalues electrons element energy entropy equal equation equilibrium example external fact factor Fermi field finite fixed free energy given gives Hamiltonian heat Hence ideal independent integral interaction lattice length levels limit liquid magnetic mass matrix mean molecules momentum normal Note obtain operator parameter particles partition function phase physical positive potential pressure problem properties quantity quantum quantum mechanics region relation representative respectively result satisfies scale shown in Fig solution space specific spontaneous magnetization superfluid surface temperature theorem theory thermodynamic transformation transition unit volume wall wave function zero