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## What is the meaning of transition phase?

A phase transition is a change in state from one phase to another. The defining characteristic of a phase transition is the abrupt change in one or more physical properties with an infinitesimal change in temperature.

## What do you mean by phase transition in statistical mechanics?

As you change the macroscopic variables of a system, sometimes its properties will abruptly change, often in a dramatic way. For example, it might change from a solid to a liquid, or from a liquid to a gas. These are examples of phase transitions.

**What is the difference between 1st & 2nd order phase transition?**

The difference between first and second order phase transition is that in first order phase transition entropy, volume and energy of the thermodynamic system change abruptly whereas in second order phase transition it changes continuously.

**What is the transition from solid to liquid called?**

The process of a solid becoming a liquid is called melting (an older term that you may see sometimes is fusion). The opposite process, a liquid becoming a solid, is called solidification.

### What is phase changes between solid and liquid?

Melting (Solid → Liquid) Melting is the process by which a substance changes from the solid phase to the liquid phase.

### What is meant by Landau?

Definition of landau : a four-wheel carriage with a top divided into two sections that can be folded away or removed and with a raised seat outside for the driver.

**What is Landau energy?**

In Landau theory, one considers a free energy functional that is an analytic function of the order parameter. In many systems with certain symmetries, the free energy will only be a function of even powers of the order parameter, for which it can be expressed as the series expansion.

**What is ergodicity in physics?**

In mathematics, ergodicity expresses the idea that a point of a moving system, either a dynamical system or a stochastic process, will eventually visit all parts of the space that the system moves in, in a uniform and random sense. This implies that the average behavior of the system can be deduced from the trajectory of a “typical” point.

#### What is an ergodic process?

The state of an ergodic process after a long time is nearly independent of its initial state. The term “ergodic” was derived from the Greek words ἔργον ( ergon: “work”) and ὁδός ( hodos: “path”, “way”). It was chosen by Ludwig Boltzmann while he was working on a problem in statistical mechanics.

#### What is the difference between ergodicity and mixing?

The ergodic decomposition theorem states that every ergodic system can be split into two parts: the conservative part, and the dissipative part. Mixing is a stronger statement than ergodicity. Mixing asks for this ergodic property to hold between any two sets .

**What are ergodic measures in a transformation?**

A very powerful alternate definition of ergodic measures can be given using the theory of Banach spaces. Radon measures on is a convex subset. Given a continuous transformation if and only if it is an extreme point of this convex. . Hence a transformation of a compact metric space always admits ergodic measures.