Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics  Chandler D.
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Название: 
Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics 
Автор: 
Chandler D. 
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Физика

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21.10.2008 21:40:51 
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This book presents the material I use in my lectures on elementary statistical mechanics, a onesemester course I have taught at the University of Illinois and at the University of Pennsylvania. Students enter this course with some knowledge of thermodynamics, the Boltzmann distribution law, and simple quantum mechanics, usually acquired from undergraduate physical chemistry or modern physics at the level of Moore's Physical Chemistry. The purpose of my lectures is not only to give the students a deeper understanding of thermodynamics and the principles of equilibrium statistical mechanics, but also to introduce them to the modern topics of Monte Carlo sampling, the renormalization group theory, and the fluctuationdissipation theorem. The ideas surrounding these topics have revolutionized the subject of statistical mechanics, and it is largely due to them that the practitioners of statistical mechanics now play a significant role in the current research and discoveries of fields ranging from molecular biology to material science and engineering, to chemical structure and dynamics, and even to high energy particle physics. Thus, in my opinion, no serious student of the natural sciences is properly educated without some understanding of these modern topics and concepts such as "order parameters" and "correlation functions." It is also my opinion and experience that these topics and concepts can and should be covered in a onesemester introductory course.
To cover this material at an introductory level, I make frequent use of simplified models. In this way, I can keep the mathematics relatively simple yet still describe many of the sophisticated ideas in 
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