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12. Rudiments of Statistical Mechanics When we study simple systems like a single molecule, we use a very detailed theory, quantum mechanics. How ev e r ,mo s
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Unformatted text preview: handle macroscopic sized systems without losing to much of the rigor. 12.1. Statistics and Entropy Probability and statistics is at the heart of statistical mechanics. We will need some de fi nitions • Ensemble : A large collection of equivalent macroscopic systems. The sys-tems are the same except that each one is in a di f erent so-called microstate . 89 89...
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This note was uploaded on 01/08/2012 for the course CHEM 351 taught by Professor Makin during the Spring '09 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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