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Planck's oscillators and the energy assumption 
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#1
Feb2607, 02:27 PM

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First of all, why is [tex]E = h\nu[/tex]?
Second, where can I find the derivation behind Planck's "oscillators in a box" calculations that led to the assumption that energy is quantized? I realize that my questions are a bit vague, but I cannot make them more specific as I do not have a firm grasp of the subject. 


#2
Feb2607, 02:58 PM

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Any introductory QM book should have the answer to the first question. The second question follows from the first and is found in texts on statistical physics.



#3
Feb2607, 03:15 PM

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As for the second question, I don't have access to statistical physics texts at all. Is there an explanation on the internet somewhere? (Is this a good one?) 


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