Pressure of an Ideal Gas and Fluctuations 
Pressure of an Ideal Gas and Fluctuations
by Stanford / Leonard Susskind
Video Lecture 5 of 10
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Date Added: January 11, 2015

Lecture Description

Prof. Leonard Susskind presents the mathematical definition of pressure using the Helmholtz free energy, and then derives the famous equation of state for an ideal gas: pV = NkT. Recorded on April 29, 2013.

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Statistical mechanics is a branch of physics that applies probability theory to the study of the thermodynamic behavior of systems composed of a large number of particles. Statistical mechanics provides a framework for relating the microscopic properties of individual atoms and molecules to the macroscopic bulk properties of materials that can be observed in everyday life. Thus it explains thermodynamics as a result of the classical and quantum-mechanical descriptions of statistics and mechanics at the microscopic level.


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