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Relationship between density and probability in diffusion

  1. Jan 31, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Consider the diffusion of a drop of ink in a water vase. The density of the ink is ## \rho (\vec{r}, t) ##, and the probability ##P(\vec{r}, t)## obeys the diffusion equation. What is the relationship between ##\rho (\vec{r}, t)## and ##P(\vec{r}, t)##?

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    I think the probability is proportional to the density, but I am not sure in what way. I don't understand how to approach this problem.
     
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  3. Jan 31, 2016 #2

    haruspex

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    The probability of what?
     
  4. Jan 31, 2016 #3
    The probability of a particle for being at a position ##\vec{r}## at time ##t##.
     
  5. Jan 31, 2016 #4

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    What does it mean to say that there is a particle of dye at a precise point in space? Is there some preamble to the question, telling you to consider the volume as made up of little boxes, each of which contains either one particle of dye or none?
     
  6. Jan 31, 2016 #5
    Not really, it just says that the probability is that of Brownian movement and we are asked to find that relationship as preparation to derive and solve the diffusion equation.
     
  7. Jan 31, 2016 #6

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    I still don't think that means anything. How about, it's the probability density function in a Brownian movement?
     
  8. Jan 31, 2016 #7
    Okay yes that makes sense.
     
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