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Introduction to the Theory of Soft Matter : From Ideal Gases to Liquid Crystals / by Jonathan V. Selinger

By: Resource type: Ressourcentyp: Buch (Online)Book (Online)Language: English Series: Soft and Biological Matter | SpringerLink BücherPublisher: Cham [u.a.] : Springer, 2016Edition: 1st ed. 2016Description: Online-Ressource (X, 185 p. 78 illus., 69 illus. in color, online resource)ISBN:
  • 9783319210544
Subject(s): Genre/Form: Additional physical formats: 9783319210537 | Druckausg.:: Introduction to the theory of soft matter. Cham; Heidelberg [u.a.] : Springer, 2016. IX, 185 S.RVK: RVK: UP 7500 | UG 3800 | UV 1000LOC classification:
  • QC176.8.A44
DOI: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-21054-4Online resources:
Summary: Toy Model -- Ising Model for Ferromagnetism -- Gases and Liquids -- Landau Theory -- First Mathematical Interlude: Variational Calculus -- Field Theory for Nonuniform Systems -- Dynamics of Phase Transitions -- Solids: Crystals and Glasses -- second Mathematical Interlude: Tensors -- Liquid Crystals.Summary: This book presents the theory of soft matter to students at the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate level. It provides a basic introduction to theoretical physics as applied to soft matter, explaining the concepts of symmetry, broken symmetry, and order parameters; phases and phase transitions; mean-field theory; and the mathematics of variational calculus and tensors. It is written in an informal, conversational style, which is accessible to students from a diverse range of backgrounds. The book begins with a simple “toy model” to demonstrate the physical significance of free energy. It then introduces two standard theories of phase transitions—the Ising model for ferromagnetism and van der Waals theory of gases and liquids—and uses them to illustrate principles of statistical mechanics. From those examples, it moves on to discuss order, disorder, and broken symmetry in many states of matter, and to explain the theoretical methods that are used to model the phenomena. It concludes with a chapter on liquid crystals, which brings together all of these physical and mathematical concepts. The book is accompanied by a set of “interactive figures,” which allow online readers to change parameters and see what happens to a graph, some allow users to rotate a plot or other graphics in 3D, and some do both. These interactive figures help students to develop their intuition for the physical meaning of equations. This book will prepare advanced undergraduate or early graduate students to go into more advanced theoretical studies. It will also equip students going into experimental soft matter science to be fully conversant with the theoretical aspects and have effective collaborations with theorists.PPN: PPN: 1657888096Package identifier: Produktsigel: ZDB-2-SEB | ZDB-2-SXP | ZDB-2-PHA
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