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PHY3063
R. D. Field
Department of Physics
Chapter3_12.doc
University of Florida
MaxwellBoltzmann
for an oscillator!
MaxwellBoltzmann Probability Distribution (2)
Consider a system with a large number of vibrating springs.
Assume that the
system is
isolated
so 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
E
tot
= n
∆ε
with
n = 3
and 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.
 Spring '07
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