An Introduction to the Kinetic Theory of Gases and Magnetoplasmas: Kinetic Theory Of Gases & Magn

Hardcover | December 1, 1980

byL. 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 hasfallen 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 noadverse 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.

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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 hasfallen short of expectations. Examples are provid...

L. C. Woods is at University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:December 1, 1980Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198563930

ISBN - 13:9780198563938

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Table of Contents

1. Basic concepts2. The Maxwellian velocity distribution3. Elementary kinetic theory4. Particle diffusion5. Intermediate kinetic theory6. Advanced kinetic theory7. Boltzmann's kinetic equation8. Second-order kinetic theory9. Dynamics of charged particles10. Kinetic theory for magnetoplasmas11. Transport across strong magnetic fieldsAppendixReferencesIndex

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`the book presents a treatment of the kinetic theory of gases and magnetoplasmas in such a way that it covers the standard material in a way as simple as possible .,.. The book seems to radiate a deep conviction - which is appreciated by the reviewer - that the development of the kinetictheory needs not only calculational skills and computational magic in evaluating the content of the theory in model arrangements, but equally, if not in excess, deep insight into the physical processes.'I. Abonyi, Besprechungsbelege, February 1994