Elements of Quantum Mechanics and Statistical Mechanics
It was said in the introduction that statistical thermodynamics derives the macroscopic thermodynamic functions of a system from the properties of its molecules. The properties of individual molecules as well as the intermolecular interactions between them are described by a particular theory, i.e. quantum mechanics. The transition from the molecular properties of a system to its thermodynamic functions is provided by another particular theory, i.e. statistical mechanics. Within the framework of applied statistical thermodynamics we thus need some elements of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. We may and will restrict ourselves to those elements of these theories that are indispensable for the derivation of the working equations of statistical thermodynamics. Fortunately, it turns out to be unnecessary to go into the depths of either of these complicated theories for our purposes.
KeywordsWave Function Quantum Mechanics Partition Function Dynamical Variable Translational Motion
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