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Another way of asking the same question: are there experimentally supported equations for how the probability distribution for a volume of gas or other entropically constrained system

*changes*as the system begins to fluctuate away from maximum (i.e. equilibrium) entropy and toward some significant potential for work? My dissatisfaction with the statistical 'explanation' is in part because the arrangements of molecules in a box of gas are self-interacting, so that any shift in a counter-entropic direction, and toward ‘free’ work, should (at least to my layman's thinking) change the probability distributions in nonlinear ways that might reduce 'very highly improbable' to zero probability. Mathematical answers are welcome (‘are there equations?’), but I am a visual and intuitive not a mathematical thinker so translations into non-math or intuitive concepts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!