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Unformatted text preview: radiator - there is certainly a thermal contact, as you feel the heat of the radiator. However, there isn't much of a diffusive contact, as your hand doesn't suddenly melt into the radiator and become replaced in part by metal! Now, our chemical intuition tells us that the particles will flow from the denser system to that which is less dense. We will formalize this notion by introducing the chemical potential , which governs how particles will flow between two systems. For now, we can think of the chemical potential as follows: = The chemical potential can be defined in different manners as well, and we will address this shortly. Nevertheless, we can say now that particles will flow from a system with a higher chemical potential to a system with a lower chemical potential if the two are in diffusive and thermal contact....
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2012 for the course PHY PHY2053 taught by Professor Davidjudd during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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