From Atoms to Fluids: an introduction to Statistical Mechanics

Series: 
Research Horizons Seminar
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 12:20pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location: 
Skiles 005
,  
Georgia Tech
Organizer: 
We all know that the air in a room is made up by a huge number of atoms that zip around at high velocity colliding continuously. How is this consistent with our observation of air as a thin and calm fluid surrounding us? This is what Statistical Mechanics try to understand. I'll introduce the basic examples and ideas of equilibrium and non equilibrium Statistical Mechanics showing that they apply well beyond atoms and air.