Statistical Mechanics in a Nutshell
Abstract
I give a concise introduction to some essential concepts of statistical mechanics: 1. Probability theory (constrained distributions, concentration theorem, frequency estimation, hypothesis testing); 2. Macroscopic systems in equilibrium (macrostate, thermodynamic variables, entropy, first law, thermodynamic potentials, correlations); 3. Linear response (Kubo formula).
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 May 1998
 arXiv:
 arXiv:physics/9805024
 Bibcode:
 1998physics...5024R
 Keywords:

 Physics  Physics Education;
 Condensed Matter  Statistical Mechanics
 EPrint:
 Lecture Notes (Part I of a course on "Transport Theory" taught at Dresden University of Technology, Spring 1997), 23 pages