Entropy in other situations

  • Tony Guénault
Part of the Student Physics Series book series (SPS)


As the chart in the front of the book shows, we have now completed our elementary study of the thermal equilibrium properties of ideal solids and gases. However, it would be a pity to stop here, since statistical physics has plenty more to say about other types of system also. In this chapter we shall look again at entropy, and shall discuss the statistics of a system in which the macrostate specifies T rather than U. This generalization will help us to discuss vacancies in solids in this chapter, and phase transitions in the next.


Isolate System Atomic Diffusion Localize Particle Free Energy Increase Free Energy Method 
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© A.M. Guénault 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tony Guénault
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  1. 1.Lancaster UniversityUK

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