Thermal and Statistical Physics

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Our text has been reviewed by Daniel ben-Avraham, J. Stat. Phys. 140 (5), 1022-1023 (2010), Don S. Lemons, Am. J. Phys. 79, 431-432 (2011), and by A. H. Harker, Contemp. Phys. 52 (5), 492-493 (2011).

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Many of the problems in Chapters 1 and 3-9 make use of simulations. The program names mentioned in the text do not always correspond with the names of the programs in the Launcher. The correspondence is summarized here.

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Updated 18 January 2015.