Statistical Physics: Berkeley Physics Course, Vol. 5 – F. Reif – 2nd Edition

Description

This is a two-year elementary college physics course for students majoring in and . The intention of the writers has been to present elementary physics as far as possible in the way in which it is used by physicists working on the forefront of their field. We have sought to make a course which would vigorously emphasize the foundations of physics. Our specific objectives were to introduce coherently into an elementary curriculum the ideas of relativity, of quantum physics, and of . This course is intended for any who has had a physics course in high school. A mathematics course including the calculus should be taken at the same time as this course.

Physics text books have a history, save a few notable exceptions, of being rather poorly written. This , as well as some of the other books in the Berkley physics series (the text books are highly sought after by physics students, but are unfortuantly out of print and therefor hard to find) are written in a way that is easy to follow and actually pleasnt to read. This helped me get through my thermodynamics and stastical at university thanks to its starighforward style as well as its number of examples and diagrams where need. If only this book was actually my text book, instead of what we used.

The only down side of the book is that beacause it is out of print, the information is not necessicarlly that up to date. The book does give a very good foundation into stastical mechanics, but lacks some of the more recent developements in the feild such as the experimental proof of Bose-Einstein condensates.

Table of Content


1. Characteristic Features of Macroscopic Systems
2. Basic Probability Concepts
3. Statistical Description of Systems of Particles
4. Thermal Interaction
5. Microscopic Theory and Macroscopic Measurements
6. Canonical Distribution in the Classical Approximation
7. General Thermodynamic Interaction
8. Elementary Kinetic Theory of Transport Processes