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Non Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics

  1. Apr 17, 2010 #1
    A simple websearch reveals many textbooks, lecture notes and articles about Non Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics.

    Comments please?
     
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  3. Apr 18, 2010 #2

    marcusl

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    Yep, you're right.
     
  4. Apr 19, 2010 #3
    Thank you marcus!
     
  5. Apr 19, 2010 #4

    marcusl

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    Did you have a question?
     
  6. Apr 19, 2010 #5
    It was claimed in another thread that Statistical Mechanics can only be applied to equilibrium situations.

    Since that comment was a side issue to the thread I started this thread to provide a separate opportunity to discuss the claim.
     
  7. Apr 19, 2010 #6
    Most stat-mech techniques assume equilibrium -- so if a system isn't in equilibrium, then those results will most likely be incorrect.

    Separately there are many people who try and solve systems outside of equilibrium, since the methods they employ don't require equilibrium they can be applied to non-equilibrium systems.
     
  8. Apr 20, 2010 #7
    Indeed. The foundations of statistical mechanics do not assume equilibrium, otherwise you could not even develop a theory for equilibrium. Simply formulating what equilibrium is supposed to mean requires one to consider general non-equilibrium states.
     
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