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At the atomic/molecular level all chemical reactions are Quantum Mechanical phenomena where atomic and/or molecular electron orbitals of the reactants are being destroyed and new ones created in the reaction products. This is what you are correctly referring to as formation of bonds (although it has to noted that some bonds are also broken during chemical ...
Contrary to @Gert 's answer, creation of photons from reactions forming and breaking chemical bonds (typically reactions between molecules) is quite rare. When photons do occur, it can be (1) the result of a molecule, atom, or structure created or altered by the reaction being in an electronically excited state, which then decays, emitting a photon. There ...
This is because we want to avoid extensive mathematical calculations of pairwise interactions with all particle inside or outside the box. MIC is a way of providing a cutoff distance over which we are not calculating pairwise potential. The cutoff is usually half the box length. This means if distance between particle i and particle j is more than L/2, you ...
It's the simplest useful case. There are more complicated ones, like when external magnetic/electric field needs to be taken into account, or when multiple chemical species are involved, so there is no single $n$, but several molar numbers $n_1,n_2,...$.
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