Statistical thermodynamics (ST) is a mathematical tool that bridges the gap between the properties of individual molecules and the macroscopic thermodynamic properties of bulk matter.


Partition Function Hard Sphere Thermodynamic Quantity Pair Potential Virial Coefficient 
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Suggested Readings

The best introductions to statistical thermodynamics for chemists are

  1. T. L. Hill, Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics ( Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, 1960 ).Google Scholar
  2. D. A. McQuarrie, Statistical Mechanics ( Harper and Row, New York, 1976 ).Google Scholar

For a thorough discussion of the fundamental principles, see

  1. R. C. Tolman, The Principles of Statistical Mechanics ( Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1938 ).Google Scholar
  2. A. Munster, Statistical Thermodynamics ( Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1969 ).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arieh Ben-Naim
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  1. 1.Department of Physical ChemistryThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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