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Unformatted text preview: PHYS 445 Lecture 13  Partition function Z 13  1 © 2001 by David Boal, Simon Fraser University. All rights reserved; further resale or copying is strictly prohibited. Lecture 13  Partition function Z What's Important: • partition function • fluctuations and specific heat • work and Z • entropy and Z Text : Reif Partition function The sum over the Boltzmann factors exp( ßE r ) appears so frequently in statistical mechanics that it is given a special name, the partition function Z Z ≡ e ßE r r ∑ (13.1) This sumoverstates involves all accessible states r of the system. The partition function is useful for more than just notational convenience. Consider the mean energy, which we can write for discrete states as E = E r e ßE r r ∑ e ßE r r ∑ But the numerator can also be expressed as E r e ßE r r ∑ =  ß e ßE r r ∑ =  ß e ßE r r ∑ =  ß Z (13.2) Therefore, we can write the mean energy in the elegant form E =  1 Z Z ß =  ln Z ß (13.3) The partition function can also be used to determine the fluctuations in the energy. The mean squared deviation is ∆ E 2 = E E ( 29 2 = E 2 E 2 (13.4) The mean energy has already been determined, so what we need next is to calculate the mean square of the energy, starting with the analog of Eq. (13.2) E r 2 e ßE r r ∑ = ...
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 Spring '08
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 Physics, Thermodynamics, Work, Statistical Mechanics, Entropy, Heat, partition function, David Boal

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