### Abstract

Original language | Undefined |
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Title of host publication | Soft Matter at Aqueous Interfaces |

Editors | P.R. Lang, Yi Liu |

Publisher | Springer |

Pages | 189-220 |

Number of pages | 31 |

ISBN (Print) | 978-3-319-24500-3 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - 2015 |

### Publication series

Name | Lecture notes in physics |
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Publisher | Springer International Publishing |

Number | 917 |

### Keywords

- IR-99638
- METIS-314571

### Cite this

*Soft Matter at Aqueous Interfaces*(pp. 189-220). (Lecture notes in physics; No. 917). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24502-7_7

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*Soft Matter at Aqueous Interfaces.*Lecture notes in physics, no. 917, Springer, pp. 189-220. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24502-7_7

**Basics of Statistical Physics.** / Briels, Willem J.; Dhont, J.K.G.

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TY - CHAP

T1 - Basics of Statistical Physics

AU - Briels, Willem J.

AU - Dhont, J.K.G.

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - Statistical physics is the theory that relates macroscopic properties of materials to their microscopic constitution. Obviously a detailed study of systems containing on the order of 1023 particles is out of the question, actually even useless, so we must resort to statistical methods. There are many ways to introduce statistical mechanics, of which we will present two. Besides this, there are several different ‘models’, called ensembles, to arrive at a relation between microscopic and macroscopic properties of materials. Although these ensembles in principle are different, for sufficiently large systems they provide identical results. While developing statistical physics we will automatically construct thermodynamics, a macroscopic theory of invaluable help in describing for example phase transitions. In principle no knowledge of thermodynamics is assumed in order to understand the present notes, although obviously it will be of great help to have some acquaintance with it.

AB - Statistical physics is the theory that relates macroscopic properties of materials to their microscopic constitution. Obviously a detailed study of systems containing on the order of 1023 particles is out of the question, actually even useless, so we must resort to statistical methods. There are many ways to introduce statistical mechanics, of which we will present two. Besides this, there are several different ‘models’, called ensembles, to arrive at a relation between microscopic and macroscopic properties of materials. Although these ensembles in principle are different, for sufficiently large systems they provide identical results. While developing statistical physics we will automatically construct thermodynamics, a macroscopic theory of invaluable help in describing for example phase transitions. In principle no knowledge of thermodynamics is assumed in order to understand the present notes, although obviously it will be of great help to have some acquaintance with it.

KW - IR-99638

KW - METIS-314571

U2 - 10.1007/978-3-319-24502-7_7

DO - 10.1007/978-3-319-24502-7_7

M3 - Chapter

SN - 978-3-319-24500-3

T3 - Lecture notes in physics

SP - 189

EP - 220

BT - Soft Matter at Aqueous Interfaces

A2 - Lang, P.R.

A2 - Liu, Yi

PB - Springer

ER -