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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Entropy, Boltzmann Distribution, Second Law of Thermodynamics, Phase Transformation, Harmonic Oscillators, Conservation of Information, Ideal Gases
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