PHY3063 R. D. Field Department of Physics Chapter3_12.doc University of Florida Maxwell-Boltzmann for an oscillator!Maxwell-Boltzmann Probability Distribution (2) Consider a system with a large number of vibrating springs. Assume that the system is isolatedso that the total energy is constant. Assume that the springs can exchange energy with each other so that the system is in thermal equilibrium. Assume that all possible divisions of the energy occur with the same probability.Start with just four springs and assume that each spring can have energy E = 0, ∆ε, 2∆ε, 3∆ε, …and take the total energy to be Etot= n∆εwith n = 3and count the number of
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This note was uploaded on 05/29/2011 for the course PHY 3063 taught by Professor Field during the Spring '07 term at University of Florida.