capillarity and wetting phenomena by Pierre-Gilles de Gennes

By Pierre-Gilles de Gennes

The learn of capillarity is in the middle of a veritable explosion. what's provided this is now not a complete evaluate of the most recent study yet relatively a compendium of ideas designed for the undergraduate pupil and for readers drawn to the physics underlying those phenomena.

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The larger the number of cells and the number of points, the more drastic is this result. Transferring this result to phase space, it can be argued that almost all points in phase space, corresponding to distributions of points in μ-space, belong to one macroscopic state, specified by one macroscopic variable that just measures the amount of points, say, in the left half [13]. 50 4 Brief Review of Pertinent Concepts Fig. ” The vast majority of distributions of points in these cells feature the same amount of points in both halves (right).

Podolsky, N. Rosen, Phys. Rev. 47, 777 (1935) 14 Chapter 3 Basics of Thermodynamics and Statistics Not knowing the 2nd law of thermodynamics is like never having read a work of Shakespeare. — C. P. Snow [1] Abstract After having introduced some central concepts, results, and equations from quantum mechanics, we will now present the main definitions and laws of phenomenological thermodynamics and of thermostatistics. The aim is not at all to give a complete overview of the concepts of classical thermodynamics, but a brief introduction and summary of this old and useful theory.

There is no periodic process in which work is extracted without supplying energy or heat. Periodic means that the machine is exactly in the same state after each cycle (ready for the next one), which is not necessarily true for the environment. Second Law: The first law guarantees that each process conserves the energy of the whole system (system and environment together). However, there are processes that we typically do not observe even though they would not violate the first law. According to Clausius: Heat never flows spontaneously from a cold body to a hotter one.

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