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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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Probability

Probability

Chapter:
(p.18) 3 Probability
Source:
Concepts in Thermal Physics
Author(s):

Stephen J. Blundell (Contributor Webpage)

Katherine M. Blundell (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562091.003.0003

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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