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written by Harvey Gould and Jan Tobochnik
The goal of this introductory chapter is to explore the fundamental differences between microscopic and macroscopic systems and the connections between classical mechanics and statistical mechanics. We note that bouncing balls come to rest and hot objects cool, and discuss how the behavior of macroscopic objects is related to the behavior of their microscopic constituents. Computer simulations will be introduced to demonstrate the relation of microscopic and macroscopic behavior. These simulations can be found by searching ComPADRE for Open Source Physics, STP, or Statistical and Thermal Physics.
Book Title: Thermal and Statistical Physics
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Thermo & Stat Mech
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- Upper Undergraduate
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© 2008 Harvey Gould and Jan Tobochnik
All chapters are copyrighted by Harvey Gould and Jan Tobochnik. They are not to be copied or distributed without contacting one of the authors.
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Keywords:
Open Source Physics, osp, thermal equilibrium
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Metadata instance created May 27, 2008 by Anne Cox
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June 6, 2014 by Harvey Gould
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H. Gould and J. Tobochnik, in Thermal and Statistical Physics (2008), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7270&DocID=444).
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H. Gould and J. Tobochnik, STP Textbook Chapter 1: From Classical to Statistical Mechanics, in Thermal and Statistical Physics (2008), <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7270&DocID=444>.
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Gould, H., & Tobochnik, J. (2008). STP Textbook Chapter 1: From Classical to Statistical Mechanics. In Thermal and Statistical Physics. Retrieved November 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7270&DocID=444
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Gould, Harvey, and Jan Tobochnik. "STP Textbook Chapter 1: From Classical to Statistical Mechanics." In Thermal and Statistical Physics. 2008. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7270&DocID=444 (accessed 23 November 2014).
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Gould, Harvey, and Jan Tobochnik. "STP Textbook Chapter 1: From Classical to Statistical Mechanics." Thermal and Statistical Physics. 2008. 4 Feb. 2008. 23 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7270&DocID=444>.
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STP Textbook Chapter 1: From Classical to Statistical Mechanics:

Is Part Of STP Textbook: Table of Contents

The STP Textbook is an introduction to statistical and thermal physics for upper-level undergraduate students.

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Is Referenced By STP Approach To Equilibrium Program

STP Approach to Equilibrium Program illustrates concepts from Chapter 1 of Statistical and Thermal Physics by Gould and Tobochnik.

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Is Referenced By STP MD Approach To Equilibrium Three Partitions Program

STP MD Approach to Equilibrium Three Partitions Program illustrates concepts from Chapter 3 of Statistical and Thermal Physics by Gould and Tobochnik.

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Is Referenced By STP MD Approach To Equilibrium Two Partitions Program

STP MD Approach to Equilibrium Two Partitions Program illustrates concepts from Chapter 1 of Statistical and Thermal Physics by Gould and Tobochnik.

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Is Referenced By STP Lennard-Jones 2D MD Program

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