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An Introduction to the Kinetic Theory of Gases and Magnetoplasmas

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An Introduction to the Kinetic Theory of Gases and Magnetoplasmas by L.C. Woods
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The aim of this book is to give a physical treatment of the kinetic theory of gases and magnetoplasmas, covering the standard material in as simple a way as possible, using mean-free-path arguments when possible and identifying problem areas where received theory has either failed or has fallen short of expectations. Examples are provided by strong shock waves, ultrasonic waves (high Knudsen numbers), and transport across strong magnetic fields. Examples of problem areas provided by strong shock waves, ultrasonic waves (high Knudsen numbers), and transport across strong magnetic fields. One of the paradoxes arising in kinetic theory concerns the fluid pressure. Collisions are necessary for a fluid force to result, yet standard kinetic theory does not entail this, being satisfied to bypass Newton's equations by defining pressure as a momentum flux. This omission usually has no adverse consequences, but with increasing Knudsen number, it leads to errors. This text pays particular attention to pressure, explaining the importance of allowing for its collisional nature from the outset in developing kinetic theory.
Release date NZ
April 29th, 1993
Author
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
line figures, tables
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
300
Dimensions
161x242x22
ISBN-13
9780198563938
Product ID
2247648

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