The aim of this book is to present the concepts, methods, and applications of kinetic theory to rarefied gas dynamics. After introducing the basic tools, problems in plane geometry are treated using approximation techniques (perturbation and numerical methods). These same techniques are later used to deal with two- and three-dimensional problems. The models include not only monatomic but also polyatomic gases, mixtures, and chemical reactions. A special chapter is devoted to evaporation and condensation phenomena.
Each section is accompanied by problems that are mainly intended to demonstrate the use of the material in the text and to outline additional subjects, results, and equations. This will help ensure that the book can be used for a range of graduate courses in aerospace engineering or applied mathematics.
The aim of this series is to provide a focus for publishing textbooks in applied mathematics at the advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate levels. It is planned that the books will be devoted to covering certain mathematical techniques and theories and to exploring their applications.