5. Statistical Mechanics

  1. Robert M. Metzger

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118195598.ch5

The Physical Chemist's Toolbox

The Physical Chemist's Toolbox

How to Cite

Metzger, R. M. (2012) Statistical Mechanics, in The Physical Chemist's Toolbox, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118195598.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 30 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470889251

Online ISBN: 9781118195598



  • statistical mechanics, macroscopic quantity evaluation;
  • black-box radiation, and age of quantum physics;
  • universal theory of critical phenomena


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • CB, FD, and BE Distributions, and the Microcanonical Ensemble

  • Canonical, Grand Canonical, and Isothermal–Isobaric Ensembles [2, 3]

  • Link between the Partition Functions and some other Thermodynamic Functions

  • Heat Capacities

  • Black-Box Radiation and the Birth of Quantum Mechanics

  • Mechanics of a One-Dimensional Chain of Particles

  • Electronic Heat Capacity: Drude Versus Fermi–Dirac [3]

  • Magnetic Susceptibilities

  • Electric Susceptibilities [12, 13]

  • Universal Theory of Critical Phenomena

  • References