Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics: A Practical Approach
Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics: A Practical Approach offers a fresh take on the traditional graduate-level physics course. It emphasizes the tools needed to apply statistical mechanics in research across a wide variety of fields, while maintaining the rigor necessary for a clear exposition. The book is designed to support an active-learning approach, using numerous conceptual questions and example problems with solutions so that students can practice and self-assess their understanding as they progress.
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The order of presentation is motivated by research in pedagogical scaffolding, with the most direct and applicable techniques presented first and more abstract concepts delayed until students have developed a basic level of proficiency. Scaffolding and active learning have seen widespread application in introductory physics courses, but the pedagogy remains effective at all levels.