Statistical thermodynamics plays a vital linking role between
quantum theory and chemical thermodynamics, yet students often find
the subject unpalatable.In this updated version of a popular text,
the authors overcome this by emphasising the concepts involved, in
particular demystifying the partition function. They do not get
bogged down in the mathematical niceties that are essential for a
profound study of the subject but which can confuse the beginner.
Strong emphasis is placed on the physical basis of statistical
thermodynamics and the relations with experiment. After a clear
exposition of the distribution laws, partition functions, heat
capacities, chemical equilibria and kinetics, the subject is
further illuminated by a discussion of low-temperature phenomena
and spectroscopy. The coverage is brought right up to date with a
chapter on computer simulation and a final section which ranges
beyond the narrow limits usually associated with student texts to
emphasise the common dependence of macroscopic behaviour on the
properties of constituent atoms and molecules.Since first published
in 1974 as `Entropy and Energy Levels', the book has been very
popular with students. This revised and updated version will no
doubt serve the same needs.
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