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Up to now, we have dealt, almost exclusively, with systems consisting of a single phase (i.e., a single, spatially homogeneous, state of aggregation). In this chapter, we shall employ statistical thermodynamics to investigate the equilibria of multi-phase systems (e.g., ice and water). Most of our analysis turns out to be independent of the microscopic details of such systems, and, therefore, leads to fairly general results.

Richard Fitzpatrick 2016-01-25