Hello there, I'm a second year physics student who like most, has exams around the start of the next year and as such, have started revising for my exams. The term has introduced new physics I wasn't initially familiar with such as Quantum mechanics and advanced differential calculus. Another subject was statistical mechanics and so far I'm completely dumbfounded with this subject. Typically, the process of performing well in exams is to attend lectures, do the homework and study. Statistical mechanics is the first subject I've encountered which I'm starting to deem "unstudy-able". The book for the course is "Statistical Mechanics" by "Kerson Huang". The lecturer warned me the book was "very difficult" which after downloading an entire series of SP books seems to be a running trend. This is also coupled with the frustration of having a textbook which costs upwards of around £100 - ignoring the fact you can pirate it. Also, from what I've seen, there are no online resources i've found which are incapable of alienating a novice readership such as myself. So, unless there's a book which is as useful and easy to read as "Quantum Mechanics Demystified" for example, how exactly does one get good at Statistical physics? Thank you ps: what's up with textbooks not providing answers to the problem sets anyway?