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An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics$
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Robert H. Swendsen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646944

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646944.001.0001

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The Consequences of Extensivity

The Consequences of Extensivity

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(p.133) 13 The Consequences of Extensivity
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An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
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Robert H. Swendsen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646944.003.0013

Although extensivity is not an essential property of thermodynamic systems, it is a very useful concept for analysing the properties of materials when we can ignore surface and boundary effects. This chapter derives Euler's equation and the Gibbs-Duhem relation for extensive systems.

Keywords:   extensivity, Euler's equation, Gibbs-Duhem relation

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