TP: Scales of scrutiny

Scales of scrutiny

We will discuss three scales of scrutiny: Macroscopic, microscopic, and molecular.

Macroscopic refers to bulk systems that are readily observable.

Microscopic refers to regions that are smaller than those observable by the naked eye, but which contain sufficient numbers of molecules so that they may be considered "continuous".

The molecular scale refers to a region that is small enough that it includes individual atoms/molecules (so that thermodynamic properties are no longer continuous).

Microscopic refers to regions that are small but still considered "continuous".

The molecular scale includes individual atoms/molecules (so that thermodynamic properties are no longer continuous).