From microscopic to macroscopic: some consideration on a simple model for a gas in or out of equilibrium

Research Horizons Seminar
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 12:05pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
Georgia Tech, School of Math
The derivation of the properties of macroscopic systems (e.g. the air in a room) from the motions and interactions of their microscopic constituents is the principal goal of Statistical Mechanics. I will introduce a simplified model of a gas (the Kac model). After discussing its relation with more realistic models, I'll present some known results and possible extension.