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Unformatted text preview: PHYS 333 Winter 2009 Assignment 1 Due: 5:00 pm Friday January 9 This assignment is a review – maybe? – of some math ideas that we will need fairly frequently in the course. If the ideas are new to you, then you should probably come and see me! 1. In Chapter 1 of Schroeder’s book, he talks about the connection between the “microscopic” movement of molecules and the “macroscopic” idea of pressure. Why are we not aware of the contributions of individual molecules? To illustrate the answer to this question, we will examine the case of raindrops falling on a roof, and introduce the idea of the “thermodynamic limit” when “fluctuations” are extremely small. Use the random number generator in Matlab or Mathematica, or a programming language, to investigate the magnitude of these fluctuations, as follows. • Divide up the roof into N B equal parts ( N B = 100 would be suitable) • Generate a random number between 0 and 1, and use it to allocate a raindrop randomly to one of the parts.to one of the parts....
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 Winter '09
 Harris
 Physics, Thermodynamics, Derivative, Randomness, Schroeder, inversion curve

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