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Thermodynamics and statistical mechanicsThe basic thermodynamic properties of gases are reviewed and the relations between them are derived from the first and second laws. The elements of statistical mechanics are then formulated and the partition function is derived. The classical form of the partition function is used to obtain the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution of kinetic energies in the gas phase and the equipartition of energy theorem is given in its most general form. The thermodynamic properties are all derived as functions of the partition function. Quantum statistics are reviewed briefly and the differences between the Boltzmann distribution function for classical particles and the Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distributions for quantum particles are discussed.
Document ID
19760014917
Document Type
Other
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1976
Publication Information
Publication: Mol. Phys. of Equilibrium Gases: A Handbook for Engrs.
Subject Category
ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS
Distribution Limits
Public
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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