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If we demand the packages to be smaller in the beginning, their spreading gets even worse. Considering this, it is questionable whether any explanation based on Hamiltonian dynamics in phase space or μ-space (cf. Sect. 1) can ever be a valid foundation of thermodynamics at all. This insufficiency of the classical picture becomes manifest at very low temperatures (freezing out inner degrees of freedom) and it is not obvious why it should become valid at higher temperatures even if it produces good results.
To understand this assumption in more detail, we consider an infinitesimal time step of the evolution of some special function f depicted in Fig. 1. We restrict ourselves here to a two-dimensional “gas”; nevertheless, the μ-space is already four-dimensional, thus we have to visualize f by projections. The special function f corresponds to a situation with all particles concentrated in one cell in configuration space but moving in opposite directions with the same velocity. By some “center of mass” coordinate transformation any collision process may by mapped on this one.
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