The study of large systems through coarse graining microscopic descriptions, providing a more detailed understanding of thermodynamics.

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Why is molar specific heat at constant volume of a monatomic ideal gas a constant?

I thought specific heat varies depending on the substance. Why is it always $(3/2) R$?
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Applying Statistical Mechanics to Formulate Corrosion (Rusting)

I wanted to try and take my current knowledge of statistical mechanics (first quarter undergraduate course completed, beginning researcher in far from equilibrium statistical mechanics, basic ...
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Periodic ground state 1-dim ising model

Good evening! I'm at the beginning of my study about the Ising model and it has been proposed to me this problem: Find all periodic ground-state configuration for the following one-dimensional Ising ...
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How can one approximate integral def. of Z by the max value of the integrand?

I am taking a course in statistical physics, and while reviewing my notes from the lectures I came across something that I cannot get my head around. We arrive at an integral expression for the ...
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Subtraction In Quadrature?

I have a system of particles (electrons) with an initial RMS energy spread (say "1"). It goes through a section of constant magnetic field (bend magnet) and the electrons radiate. The electrons lose ...
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Change in entropy adiabatic expansion

I think that an adiabatic expansion of a gas should cause the entropy to increase. On the other hand we have for adiabatic processes that $dQ = 0$ and therefore $dS= 0$, which is why I thought that ...
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Change in energy ideal gas

I am supposed to calculate the change in energy upon changing both the temperature from $T_1$ to $T_2$ and the volume from $V_1$ to $V_2$. Now I was wondering whether this solution is correct: We ...
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From Quantum Mechanics to Statistical Mechanics in a Specific Case

I'd like to know how to get to statistical mechanics from the many-particle Schrodinger equation using a specific example, without using any Hamiltonian mechanics, phase spaces or ensembles, as a ...
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Does QM needs refinement?

Suppose atoms of an ideal gas are represented by non overlapping wave function so that the system can be described classically. As time passes the packets spread. Therefore over a period of time we ...
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First law of thermodynamics [closed]

In the first law of thermodynamics, we learned that $W$ and $Q$ are path-dependent quantities, but how are $Q$ and $W$ defined? I mean $W = \int_{\gamma} p(s) ds$ would be one possibility, where ...
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Independent boson model with an arbitrary finite-dimensional impurity

The independent boson model consists of the following Hamiltonian: $$ H_s = E \sigma^z $$ $$ H_b = \sum_k \omega_k b^{\dagger}_kb_k $$ $$H_{sb} = \sigma^z \sum_k (g_k b_k + g_k^{\ast}b^{\dagger}_k).$$ ...
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Debye Model Density of States In One Dimension

I am trying to obtain the Density of states of the Debye model in one dimension I know the answer I am prepping for an exam and I am a bit stuck: The answer is: $\frac{L}{\pi*c_s}$ where $c_s$ is ...
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What is the density operator for an isothermal–isobaric ensemble (T,p,N)?

In the microcanonical ensemble $(E,V,N)$, the density operator is $$\hat{\rho}=\frac{\delta(\hat{H}-E\,\hat{I})}{Tr(\delta(\hat{H}-E\,\hat{I}))}$$ Where $\hat{H}$ is the Hamiltonian of the system and ...
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A simple experiment and the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution

Consider two containers separated by a removable wall, each side of which is a perfect mirror for the gas in the respective container. Also the walls of the containers are ideal mirrors. In each ...
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chemical potential in BEC decreases in temperature

For a bose gas we can calculate the average number of particles through $$N = \int_0^\infty \rho(\varepsilon)n(\varepsilon) d\varepsilon$$ where $\rho(\varepsilon)$ is the particle density for energy ...
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Exorcism of Maxwell's Demon

I am possessed! Yes, with the thinking that if there is actually a Maxwell's Demon, then it would open the negligible weighted door which would ultimately make the second law invalid. But really can ...
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How does the movement of molecules change at the edge of a liquid?

I am thinking about how the velocity of molecules measured from a small region of space might change as the region of inquiry moves closer to the edge of a container. Ultimately I am thinking about MR ...
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What does Born Green equation signify physically?

What does Born Green equation obtained from YBG hierarchy for the equilibrium particle densities signify? I mean how can you model the equation into a physical problem?I understood the steps involved ...
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What it means to integrate over $n$ variables out of $N$, where $N>n$?

I was reading Theory of Simple Liquids, when I came across BBGKY hierarchy. In deriving the expression for the hierarchy, they integrate an integration of N variables over N-n variables to make the ...
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Maxwell's Inspiration to think about fields

I was looking at a Wikipedia article which had the following statement Atomists, notably James Clerk Maxwell and Ludwig Boltzmann, applied [...]. In modern literature Maxwell is often thought ...
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Calculate Helmholtz Free Energy with Entropy, Work given [closed]

it's my first time here and I hope the post complies with the general rules. My problem originates here: I'm doing a statistical physics task which unfortunately leaves me clueless atm. I keep my ...
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How velocity dispersion changes with change of inertial frame

I'm analysing a bunch of simulated galaxies, and one of the properties I'm looking at is their velocity dispersion (which is the same thing as the standard deviation of their speeds as far as I know). ...
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Derivation of ensemble distribution

I heard that you can derive the canonical ensemble by maximizing $L = \sum_i p_ilog( p_i ) + \alpha (\sum_i p_iE_i-E)$ or for the grand-canonical ensemble $L = \sum_i p_ilog( p_i ) + \alpha ...
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How did Planck use the concept of statistical entropy in trying to understand the meaning of his own law?

I was reading Introducing Quantum Theory: A graphic guide (by J.P.McEvoy & Oscar Zarate) and came across Planck's predicament of understanding his very own law that accurately explained the ...
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Examples of systems with linear response behavior

I've checking the linear response theory and there are 3 fundamental assumptions. 1) Linearity of the response of the system to an external excitation, 2) Stationary response function: ...
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How does the second law of thermodynamics follow from low entropy of early universe?

One of the explanations of the second law of thermodynamics is that it goes back to the low entropy in the early universe (How do you prove the second law of thermodynamics from statistical ...
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Equivalent tensor order parameters of nematic liquid crystals?

I found in the literatures two different definitions of the tensor order parameter of nematic liquid crystals. One is $$ Q_{ij}=\frac{S}{2}(3n_{i}n_{j}-\delta_{ij}), $$ where $S$ is the scalar order ...
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How did Rayleigh and Jeans apply the Equipartition of Energy in determining the energy distribution of blackbody - radiation? [duplicate]

I am reading the Ultraviolet Catastrophe and have come across this law. Here , it is written They applied the statistical physics method to the waves by analogy with Maxwell's gas particles using ...
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Relationship between Liouvile's theorem and Diffusion equation

Consider a Hamiltonian system. According to the Liouville's theorem there exists a probability density function $\rho(q^a,p_a,t)$ in the phase space whose evolution is given by $$ \frac{\partial \rho ...
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Defintion of temperature without thermal equilibrium condition

Is temperature only defined in thermal equilibrium? Then how can we explain heat flow by temperature differences?
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Statistical physics and momentum conservation

In statistical physics one usually looks at energy as a conserved quantity and e.g. in the canonical ensemble assumes a constant average energy of the ensemble. Now why don't we usually do this for ...
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Relation between Curie temperature and exchange interaction's constant $J_\text{ex}$

I'm running a Monte Carlo simulation on a generic magnetic nanotube. In my results, I found out that the relation between the Curie temperature (that is, the temperature by which a ferromagnetic ...
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Interpretation of partition function and thermodynamic potential

So in the microcanonical ensemble the partition function $\Omega$ counts the number of microstates for a given $(NVE)$ configuaration and $S = k_B \ln (\Omega)$ is the entropy. The most likely state ...
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$E=kT$ or $\frac32kT$?

Basically, which is the correct formula for thermal energy, and is this the same as kinetic energy? My notes are pretty conflicting on this topic, and I'm getting pretty confused.
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Is entropy related to Poincare recurrence time?

One of the ideas involved in the concept of entropy is that nature tends from order to disorder in isolated systems. But we even know that Poincare recurrence time also is a particular time after ...
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Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution - find error in derivation

I have a derivation of the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution: Consider a gas consisting of only one type of molecules, which is in an equilibrium with a heat reservoire of temperature T. Since ...
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Do physicists use agent based models?

I am hoping that this is a simple and specific question. I just wanted to know whether physicists from any branch of physics use agent based models as a tool in their research? If so, then in which ...
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Chemical potential related with quantum and classical limit in ideal gas

For ideal gas we have chemical potential $\mu = \tau \ln \left(\frac{n}{n_Q}\right) $ where $n = N/V$ number density and $n_Q = \left(\frac{M\tau}{2\pi \hbar^2}\right)^{\frac{3}{2}} $ Note we call ...
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The relationship between the two statistical mechanical definitions of entropy

It seems like similar questions have been asked here; hopefully my question is not a duplicate. I am reading my textbook on the statistical mechanical definitions of entropy, and I am very confused ...
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classical and quantum correlation functions

Quantum Field, quantum fluctuation even with no temperature In QFT, the correlation function $<0|\hat{\phi} (x)\hat{\phi} (y)|0>$ describes the fluctuation correlations of vacuum state ...
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Partition function microcanonical ensemble

I was wondering if there is a way to understand the partition function for a microcanonical ensemble $$\mathcal Z(E)=\sum_{\text{microstate $i$ with energy $E$}} w_i$$ as a limit of the continuous ...
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Help Understanding Correlations In Many Particle (Beam) Physics

I am having a lot of trouble looking at the statistical properties and having some sort of intuitive sense of correlations among different properties of many body systems (in particular charged ion ...
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Bose Enhancement Factor

How may one explain the fact that the probability of a boson transferring to a state with an occupation number n is 'enhanced' by a factor of (1+n), compared to the classical case? (In the classical ...
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References to Mechanics (Classical, Quantum, Statistical) using Time-Scale calculus?

Time-Scale Calculus, is a theory which unifies ordinary (plus fractional and q-) calculus with discrete (and finite differences) calculus. In a sense, in a similar way the Lebesgue integral (or ...
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How to prove the Bose enhancement factor $(1+f)$ and the Pauli blocking factor $(1-f)$ in Boltzmann equation?

For the collision integral in the Boltzmann equation for particles obeying different statistic, the factor is 1 for classical particles , 1-f for fermions, 1+f for Boson. While why it's exactly this ...
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Doesn't entropy increase backwards in time, too?

In statistical explanations of entropy, we can often read about a (thought) experiment of the following sort. We have a bunch of particles in box, packed densely in one of the corners. We assume some ...
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Ideal gas in ensemble

I want to calculate the phase space density for a single ideal gas particle in a microcanonical ensemble. I know that the partition function is given by the well-known expression that you find for ...
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Entropy of ideal gas with finite volume

I know that the entropy of an ideal gas is given by the Sackur-Tetrode equation, but is there also a way to take into account that even the ideal gas will acquire some volume $v_0$? Or is it then just ...
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Partition function containing QM?

I am wondering about the partition function of the classical microcanonical ensemble. It contains Planck's constant and also an indistinguishability argument about the particles I am looking at and I ...
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What is the connection between the non-reversibility of the decay of unstable nuclei (as Uranium, Plutonium) and the 2nd principle of thermodynamics?

The 2nd principle of the thermodynamics says that if a system (e.g. an ideal gas) is left undisturbed, its number of microscopic states only increases. This is a statement of irreversibility of the ...