The Phases of Matter

  • Walter T. GrandyJr.
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 19)


Various stability problems have been addressed in the preceding chapters, particularly in Chapter 3 where we discussed briefly the stability of the equilibrium states of macroscopic systems. These states are defined by, and are functions of thermodynamic variables which themselves range over certain domains. Experience indicates that these domains separate into subdomains for which the equilibrium states can be grouped into qualitatively different classes, and thus one encounters different phases of the same bit of matter.


Critical Exponent Hard Sphere Critical Phenomenon Isothermal Compressibility Coexistence Region 
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  • Walter T. GrandyJr.
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of WyomingUSA

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