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With M = Nm and V(r) = N2y(r) we consider the limit N ~ 00, m ~ 0, v(r) ~ 0, keeping M,V and V(r) fixed. In this limit we obtain a kinetic equation of the Vlasov type (see for instance, Balescu (1963)). But is this equation a good approximation to a real situation with given N,V, and v(r)? It is a good approximation only if the range rQ of the interaction v(r) is larg~ compared to the typ~cal dIstance (V/N)~ between the partIcles. If ro « (V/N)! the Vlasov equation is no approximation at all. Instead, the Boltzmann equation provides a much better approximate description of the system.

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Global links between different theories of the kind structuralism is now considering are normally composed of some partial links that connect some terms of each theory in specific ways. ) What I suggest for the present case is that, among all other requirements put on a reductive link , it be viewed as composed of some partial links between some of the base sets of each theory. That this is a reasonable requirement on reduction appears to be something that not even critics of Nagel's approach would like to deny.

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