By Barry M McCoy

Statistical Mechanics is the examine of platforms the place the variety of interacting debris turns into endless. within the final fifty years large advances were made that have required the discovery of totally new fields of arithmetic equivalent to quantum teams and affine Lie algebras. they've got engendered impressive discoveries relating non-linear differential equations and algebraic geometry, and feature produced profound insights in either condensed subject physics and quantum box idea. regrettably, none of those advances are taught in graduate classes in statistical mechanics. This ebook is an try and right this challenge. It starts with theorems at the life (and lack) of order for crystals and magnets and with the speculation of serious phenomena, and keeps through offering the tools and result of fifty years of analytic and laptop computations of part transitions. It concludes with an intensive presentation of 4 of an important of precisely solved difficulties: the Ising, eight vertex, challenging hexagon and chiral Potts versions.

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We are most interested in using statistical mechanics to study phase changes, and a model is only useful in explaining phase changes if it is the same on both sides of the phase boundary. Statistical mechanics has no predictive power if diﬀerent models must be used in diﬀerent phases. 2 by considering the phase diagram Fig. 2 and Fig. 3 of the noble gases. These elements are described as neutral spherically symmetric atoms. Because these atoms are all relatively heavy it is natural to treat their interactions classically.

Material Fe Co Ni Gd Dy Tc (K) 1043 1388 627 293 85 Phase boundaries bcc<1173

The critical point (Pc , Tc , vc ) is at the end of the ﬁrst order line in the P T plane which separates the liquid/gas phases. It is possible to go from the gas to the liquid phase in a continuous path which does not cross the ﬁrst order line and thus the liquid and gas phases are sometimes collectively referred to as the ﬂuid phase. The triple point (Pt , Tt ) is a point in the P T plane where three ﬁrst order lines meet and where the solid, liquid and gas phases coexist with speciﬁc volumes vs , vl and vg .