From Atoms to Fluids: an introduction to Statistical Mechanics

Research Horizons Seminar
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 12:20pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
Georgia Tech
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.