Unformatted text preview: outline are described in detail in Handout #1. Definitions and Fundamental Ideas of Thermodynamics As with all sciences, thermodynamics is concerned with the mathematical modeling of the real world. In order that the mathematical deductions are consistent, we need some precise definitions of the basic concepts. A continuum is a smoothedout model of matter, neglecting the fact that real substances are composed of discrete molecules. Classical thermodynamics is concerned only with continua. If we wish to describe the properties of matter at a molecular level, we must use the techniques of statistical mechanics and kinetic theory ....
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 Fall '10
 MonicaOyola
 Physics, Anthropology, Thermodynamics, Energy, course content, Fundamental Ideas of Thermodynamics

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