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Time Scale problem

  1. Feb 4, 2009 #1
    I am having a lot of trouble starting the following problem. Any ideas? Thanks a lot for helping!

    Derive from first principles, the diffusion time for particles traveling at speed v in a two dimensional (x,y) space to reach a distance R from their release point if the scatterers have a density n(m^-2) and linear cross section for scatter [tex]\sigma[/tex](m) Let each particle scatter with equal probability into the +/- x, +/-y directions.

    I don't know what some of these things mean and they aren't explained well in my book or anywhere i look. What is the density it is referring to? What is the linear cross section for scatter? Again, thanks for any help.
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  3. Feb 5, 2009 #2


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    Density n(m^-2) is number per square meter. The cross-section determines the probability of scatter - I am not sure how the normalization has been set up.
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