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Concepts in Thermal Physics$
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Stephen J. Blundell and Katherine M. Blundell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562091

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562091.001.0001

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(p.18) 3 Probability
Concepts in Thermal Physics

Stephen J. Blundell (Contributor Webpage)

Katherine M. Blundell (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter defines some basic concepts in probability theory. It begins by stating that the probability of occurrence of a particular event, taken from a finite set of possible events, is zero if that event is impossible, is one if that event is certain, and takes a value somewhere in between zero and one if that event is possible but not certain. It considers two different types of probability distribution: discrete and continuous. Variance, linear transformation, independent variables, and binomial distribution are also discussed.

Keywords:   probability theory, discrete probability distribution, continuous probability distribution, linear transformation, variance, binomial distribution

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