## Fundamentals of statistical and thermal physics |

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Such a process is said to be "

must proceed to keep a situation

relaxation time") that the system requires to attain equilibrium if it is suddenly

disturbed.

Such a process is said to be "

**quasi**-**static**" for the system A . Just how slowly onemust proceed to keep a situation

**quasi**-**static**depends on the time t (the "relaxation time") that the system requires to attain equilibrium if it is suddenly

disturbed.

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When the external parame ters of the system are changed quasi-statically, a

given system in the ensemble does then not always remain in the ... 2-9-1

Schematic illustration of

of Fig.

When the external parame ters of the system are changed quasi-statically, a

given system in the ensemble does then not always remain in the ... 2-9-1

Schematic illustration of

**quasi**-**static**work done by the thermally isolated systemof Fig.

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Since the equals sign in the second statement (5-11-6) holds only for a

given heat reservoirs can have an efficiency greater than that of an engine which

...

Since the equals sign in the second statement (5-11-6) holds only for a

**quasi**-**static**process, (5 -11-7) implies also that no engine operating between the twogiven heat reservoirs can have an efficiency greater than that of an engine which

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Introduction to statistical methods | 1 |

GENERAL DISCUSSION OF THE RANDOM WALK | 24 |

Statistical description of systems of particles | 47 |

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