statistical mechanics


statistical mechanics

noun plural but usually singular in construction

Definition of STATISTICAL MECHANICS

:  a branch of mechanics dealing with the application of the principles of statistics to the mechanics of a system consisting of a large number of parts having motions that differ by small steps over a large range

First Known Use of STATISTICAL MECHANICS

1885

statistical mechanics

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Branch of physics that combines the principles and procedures of statistics with the laws of both classical mechanics and quantum mechanics. It considers the average behaviour of a large number of particles rather than the behaviour of any individual particle, drawing heavily on the laws of probability, and aims to predict and explain the measurable properties of macroscopic (bulk) systems on the basis of the properties and behaviour of their microscopic constituents.

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