Time Evolution in Macroscopic Systems. III: Selected Applications

  title={Time Evolution in Macroscopic Systems. III: Selected Applications},
  author={Walter T. Jr Grandy},
  journal={Foundations of Physics},
  • W. T. Grandy
  • Published 1 May 2004
  • Physics
  • Foundations of Physics
The results of two recent articles expanding the Gibbs variational principle to encompass all of statistical mechanics, in which the role of external sources is made explicit, are utilized to further explicate the theory. Representative applications to nonequilibrium thermodynamics and hydrodynamics are presented, describing several fundamental processes, including hydrodynamic fluctuations. A coherent description of macroscopic relaxation dynamics is provided, along with an exemplary… 
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