The study of large systems through coarse graining microscopic descriptions, providing a more detailed understanding of thermodynamics.

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Gibbs entropy, Clausius' entropy and irreversibility

I have a bunch of doubts and confusions on the concept of entropy which have been bothering me for a while now. The most important ones are of a more technical nature, arisen from the reading of this ...
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Can collisions between particles in the canoncial ensemble be represented by a potential?

The professor in a statistical mechanics class said that in the canonical ensemble, you could represent interaction between particles as a potential in the partition function expression. But how about ...
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Understanding the concept of temperature vs. mean energy/heat capacity of a system

I need help understanding a concept in thermodynamics. What is the relationship between temperature and mean energy? What is the relationship between temperature and heat capacity? What I know: ...
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Does fluctuation really occur in equilibrium as its microstates are allowed to occur by Fundamental Postulate in equilibrium?

The Fundamental Postulate says: In equilibrium, all accessible microstates are equally likely. Accessible means having same energy.(right?) Let a container is taken full of gas having number of ...
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Forward and backward work distributions in fluctuation theorem

Fluctuation theorems such as Jarzynski equality and Crooks theorem (Link), show that $\frac{P_f(W)}{P_b(-W)}=\,exp[\beta(W- \,\Delta F)]$ where $W$ is work done on the system during each ...
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Why do we work in thermodynamic limit in statistical physics?

It is often stated that we work in thermodynamic limit at the beginning of courses on statistical physics $$N \to \infty, V \to \infty, \quad\frac{N}{V}=n=\textrm {constant}$$ what is less often ...
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Does ergodic hypothesis depend on the volume constraint of the macrostate or it only concerns with the energy constraint of the macrostate?

Ergodic hypothesis says that: [...] ergodic hypothesis says that, over long periods of time, the time spent by a system in some region of the phase space of microstates with the same energy is ...
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Entropy of the cosmological constant and the laws of thermodynamics?

Convention The convention being used is: $ A_{C} = $ The classical variable Premise Consider the following toy-model universe: A universe with a positive cosmological constant. Basic ...
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Microstates, Distribution of Particles, and the Probability of an Empty Compartment

If I have a closed system composed of $N$ particles and $p$ compartments, the total number of microstates available to that system is $$ p^N $$ Now say I want to find the probability that any one of ...
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Number theoretic loophole allows alternative definition of entropy?

A bit about the post I apologize for the title. I know it sounds crazy but I could not think of an alternative one which was relevant. I know this is "wild idea" but please read the entire post. ...
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Why is entropy defined as a discrete sum over all microstates in classical case?

I'm reading about statistical definition of entropy, which says $$S=-k_B\sum_ip_i\ln p_i,\tag1$$ where $k_B$ is Boltzmann's constant, and $p_i$ is probability of $i$th state to be occupied. But in ...
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Doesn't the success of statistical physics seem somewhat unreasonable?

It seems to me a rather big coincidence that statistical physics works so well. I can see how consistent macroscopic observations can occur just because the microstates that give rise to that ...
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Have we found a resolution to the Loschmidt paradox? [duplicate]

Loschmidt's Paradox (also known as the Reversibility Paradox) claims that it is not possible to deduce an irreversible process from time-symmetric dynamics such as the classic dynamics. This puts the ...
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Partion function for ideal gas - why use only one octant?

In these lecture notes (page 2) and in other sources I have checked, it says that the number of states with $k\in[k,k+dk]$ is: $$dN=\frac{4\pi k^2V}{8\pi^3}$$ Saying the factor of $8$ comes from the ...
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Monte Carlo Metropolis method - trial step algorithm [migrated]

I'm working on a Magnetization simulation and writing an algorithm using the metropolis method. I am using a change in energy and a Boltzmann distribution, but, my question is about the trial step. ...
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Reference for statistical mechanics from information theoretic view

I am interested in knowing if some one here knows book/notes for statistical mechanics from the information theoretic viewpoint.
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Did temp change affect the propagation of sound? If yes then how? [closed]

propagation of sound is affected by change in temperature. Is it increases or decreases and how?
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Relation between the $N$ particle partition function and probability?

For the 1 particle partition function the probability that the particle is in the state with energy $\varepsilon_i$ is given by: $$P_i =\frac{e^{-\varepsilon_i \beta}}{Z_1}$$ where $Z_2$ is the 1 ...
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Books on Introductory Statistical Mechanics

Can anyone recommend a good book on Basic Statistical Mechanics? I have an engineering background and had to go through loads of different books to learn General Relativity. I found Peter Collier's A ...
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Calculating the entropy in statistical mechanics [closed]

A system is at constant temperature , with two available energy levels E1 & E2 with degeneracies g1 & g2 . p1 & p2 is the probability of occupancy of each energy level. What is the ...
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Non-equilibrium electronic distribution in the time-relaxation approximation - Which is the boundary condition?

In Chapter 13 of Ashcroft-Mermin - "Solid State Physics", the following non equilibrium electronic phase-space distribution for the semiclassical electrons in a periodic crystal is derived: ...
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Does it take the same amount of time, it takes for a system to get to a low-entropy (fluctuation) state from equilibrium, to go in the other way?

Let a system be in a state of fluctuation - a state of low-entropy at $t_0\;.$ Then before and after a sufficiently large but finite time-interval, the system would again be at equilibrium. As the ...
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Fugacity in Bose-Einstein condensate

Just a simple question, I didn't manage to find out in my books... The fugacity $z = e^{\beta \mu}$ in the case we have condensation in a bose statistics. Is it always 1 or $z \to 1$? In the ...
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free energy in the path integral equivalent to the classical 1D Ising model: Shankar

In chapter 21 (eqtn 21.2.90) Shankar gives the free energy (of the PI problem equivalent to the classical 1D Ising model), $$ f=-E_0 = K^* $$ I dont understand how he arrives at this considering in ...
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Kinetic theory of physics [closed]

$$E = (3/2) kT$$ For average kinetic energy of a molecule gas.The constant $k$ does not depend on the type of molecule. Can this result be true for both hydrogen and chlorine?
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Thermodynamic free energy

The thermodynamic free energy is defined by $F=U-TS$ with $U,T,S$ being the internal energy, temperature and entropy respectively. I have also seen another formula for the free energy, $F=-T \log{Z}$ ...
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Radiation collapse to black hole

I want to find the temperature at which radiation in AdS will collapse to form a black hole. I have even found a reference that gives the answer but I cannot understand it: ...
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inverse problem for specific heat of fermion .. has been solved?

hi given the specific heat is given by an integral equation $$ C(T)=\int_{0}^{\infty}d\nu g(\nu)\frac{u^{2}}{(e^{u\nu}+1)^{2}}\nu^{2}$$ where $ u= \frac{h}{kT}$ my question is is the following ...
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Reference request: 2D conformal field theory and functions on the triangular lattice

I don't have much of a physics background and was wondering if anyone knows what is meant by "conformally invariant" functions defined on the plaquettes of the honeycomb lattice (ie functions defined ...
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Volume Operator / volume phase-space-function in thermodynamics

In Thermodynamics, one often encounters the derivation of pressure as the generalised force that belongs to the extensive state-variable of the volume. Postulates: One looks just at a system of many ...
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Cluster Expansion

In the cluster expansion (section 5.2 in M. Kardar "Statistical Physics of Particles") we write the grand canonical partition function. During the expansion, we do the following switch between a sum ...
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thermodynamic generalized force and thermodynamic potential

I have stumbled across these and have taken some interest. Are the meanings of generalized "force" and "potential" the analogous to the case of mechanics where the derivative of one with respect to a ...
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Correlation function $\langle s_1(x, t)s_2(x', t')\rangle$ vs $\langle s_1(x, t)s_2(x', t')\rangle-\langle s_1(x, t)\rangle\langle s_2(x', t')\rangle$

The correlation function in statistical mechanics is defined in either of two ways $$g(\mathbf{x}-\mathbf{x}', t-t') = \left\langle s_1(\mathbf{x}, t)s_2(\mathbf{x}', t') \right\rangle$$ ...
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Bosonic and fermionic partitions

Let us look at a set of fermionic and creation operators $b_n$, $b_n^\dagger$ with $n$ a positive integer. Here fermionic means they obey the anti-commutation relations$$\{b_n, b_m\} = \{b_n^\dagger, ...
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CFT and temperature

I have tried to think about this for some time but could not really go anywhere. Sorry for the sloppy question and thanks for any pointer. My question is about CFT at finite temperature and ...
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In a Monte Carlo NVT simulation How do I determine equilibration

I'm running an NVT (constant number of particles, volume and temperature) Monte Carlo simulation (Metropolis algorithm) of particles in two dimensions interacting via Lennard-Jonse potential ($U = ...
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Proving the existence of temperature from zeroth law in the MIT OCW notes

This question refers to the following set of lecture notes: ...
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Why does warm water sink?

It is well known that water at 4C is denser than water at 0C. This is the usual explanation for why a body of water freezes from the surface (also it's because ice is even less dense, but that's ...
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Why can't the entropy of an isolated system decrease? [duplicate]

I read that heat cannot flow from cooler body to hotter because for that entropy of the system becomes negative. Why is that so? Why we cannot have negative entropy?
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Why do randomly flying gas molecules have a distribution of energies?

Why do randomly flying gas molecules have a distribution of energies? This is a question from my chemistry textbook (not homework, just questions to help us think about and understand the concepts). ...
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Eigenvalues for correlation matrix which have the form of an harmonic function

I am trying to understand the written in the picture below. I took the matrix $C_{2 \times 2}$ which is: $$C=\left[ \begin{array}{} a& ace^{-\frac{|\phi_1-\phi_2|}{2}}\\ ...
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Partition function of primon bosonic gas

Can we interpret the Euler product formula " $\sum\frac{1}{n^s} = \prod_{p\;\mathrm{prime}} \frac{1}{1-p^{-s}} $ " in a stat. physical sense, as a product of single-particle system partition ...
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Why is chemical potential, μ=0 when calculating critical temperature of BECs?

How do we justify taking the chemical potential, $\mu$ as $0$ when calculating the critical temperature of Bose-Einstein Condensates (BECs)? I apologise as I do not how to use LaTeX, for if I did the ...
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Statistical specific heat as energy fluctuation in spin glasses

Consider the specific heat (in statistical sense, as energy fluctuation in the canonical ensemble) of a complex model, something similar to a spin glass. Is the specific heat defined on fluctuations ...
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Difference between macroscopic variable, macroscopic observable, parameter and generalized force in Thermodynamics

When I read Books about statistical physics, then often names like "macroscopic variable / observable", parameter of the macroscopic state and generalized force are used, and I want to know, what is ...
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Massless brownian particle Langevin equation and FDT

Given the Langevin equation of a massless brownian particle: $$ \gamma \dot{x}=\eta, $$ where $\gamma$ is the friction coefficent and $\eta$ the noise ($\langle\eta \rangle =0$ and ...
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Mathematical definition of reversible processes

If I label an initial thermodynamic state as $\psi$ and the final thermodynamic state as $\xi$ then can I say that under a reversible process the two states are related to each other by a continuous ...
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Translated publications of Boltzmann

I have been looking for Boltzmann's papers (in english) and had no luck. Anyone knows if they were translated at the first place, and if yes where to find them?
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What kind of conservation law is energy conservation in thermodynamics?

As I understand it, Noether's theorem is an important result that allows us to show when certain kinds of conservations arise. Is energy conservation in thermodynamics a result of Noether's theorem? ...
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Good thermodynamics/statistical mechanics books that treat the apparent paradoxes in the theory

I am working on a small project mainly concerning the Gibbs and mixing paradoxes arising in thermodynamics/statistical mechanics. Still cannot find good literature on the topic. Any suggestions (I ...