What's the difference between Stat. Physics and Stat. Mech?

1. Feb 14, 2016

Zacarias Nason

Pretty much as said; what is the practical distinction between Statistical Physics and Statistical Mechanics? The Wikipedia page for Statistical Physics has Statistical Mechanics as a subsection, but virtually all other subsections just talk about prominent figures, institutions, and developments. Is there any difference between the two or are they effectively synonymous?

2. Feb 15, 2016

Simon Bridge

Strictly, StatMech refers to the statistical approach to the field of physics known as "mechanics" (i.e. probability and stats for mechanical systems) while StatPhys is the statistical approach to all fields in physics. So you are looking for the distinction between "mechanics" and "all of physics".

3. Feb 15, 2016

Thank you.