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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 Classical Ideal Gas

The Classical Ideal Gas

Chapter:
(p.11) 2 The Classical Ideal Gas
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An Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Author(s):

Robert H. Swendsen

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646944.003.0002

This chapter defines the classical ideal gas and the representation of its microscopic states in phase space. It explains the importance of probability theory in analysing a macroscopic system, and gives a qualitative introduction to Boltzmann's definition of entropy. It ends with a ‘road map’ of Part 1.

Keywords:   ideal gas, macroscopic systems, microscopic states, phase space, Boltzmann, entropy

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