Material Equations

  • Peter Hertel
Chapter
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Abstract

In the preceding chapter of this book on Continuum Physics we have discussed the notion of material points. They are infinitely small from a macroscopic point of view and infinitely large from a microscopic point of view. Just think of the temperature field T = T(t, x). The material point at location x at time t is large enough for obeying the rules of infinitely large systems, such as the ideal gas law, for example. On the other hand, it is small enough so that it approaches thermodynamic equilibrium practically immediately. The state of the material point is always an equilibrium, or Gibbs state which is characterized by parameters such as temperature or chemical potentials.

Keywords

Internal Energy Charge Transport Material Point Kinetic Coefficient Fluid Medium 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Hertel
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  1. 1.Fachbereich PhysikUniversität OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany

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