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This article is meant to supply an creation to complex thermodynamics for mechanical and aerospace engineering scholars, protecting themes similar to: availability research; thermodynamic homes; chemical reactions; and a statistical standpoint of entropy.

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Xn ) = S(X0 , X1 , . . , Xn ) . 2) A distinguished variable is energy. The number of thermodynamic variables other than energy n is referred to as the number of thermodynamic degrees of freedom of the system. 25), being in general only a function of the probability density. 2) contains all the information about the thermodynamic states of the system. The irreversible progression toward the complete equilibrium state is closely linked to the maximization of its value. The Clausius entropy satisﬁes four universal postulates2 that follow from experimental phenomenology and are well justiﬁed on the basis of the statistical interpretation of thermodynamics.

38) of the law of large numbers becomes valid without the need to assume a lack of correlation between elements of the sample X (t). Ergodicity means that, during the averaging time, the system visits a suﬃciently uniformly distributed set of states in the entire available domain of the phase space (see Fig. 8a) (Penrose, 1979). For over half a century, the condition of ergodicity seemed of key importance for statistical justiﬁcation of the laws of thermodynamics, but today it is obvious that it is important only in the context of 2 We should emphasize that mixing is a property of a system and not of a statistical ensemble.

In its original formulation, Boltzmann’s entropy is proportional to the logarithm of the number of microstates (states of individual systems comprising the ensemble) in a given macrostate (state of the statistical ensemble). Since according to the Liouville theorem the volume in the phase space of classical mechanics is preserved during evolution, the entropy of a statistical ensemble calculated for the probability distribution ρ(s), evolving strictly according to the equations of motion, also remains unchanged (Fig.