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Between classical or quantum statistics

  1. Apr 22, 2005 #1
    Hi can someone please help me! Can someone explain when it is acceptable to quantum statistics instead of classical statistics? And what is the difference between them.

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  3. Apr 22, 2005 #2
    I dont remember the eqn but the critical word is "thermal wave length" that describes the difference between two. Look at th Huang's Statistical Mechenics for details
  4. Apr 24, 2005 #3


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    Microscopical dynamics and the application of the 6 postulates of (nonrelativistic) QM is the decisive factor...

    Think of the Gibbs' paradox and u'll understand the need for a quantum statistical physics...

  5. Apr 25, 2005 #4
    Not so easy. Please look at http://bayes.wustl.edu/etj/articles/gibbs.paradox.pdf

  6. Apr 25, 2005 #5


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    The Gibbs paradox is accounted for quite nicely even in classical statistic if one considers the dimensionless volume element on the phase space

    [tex] d^{2s}\tilde{x}=:\frac{1}{h^{2s}}\prod_{i=1}^{2s} dq_{i}dp_{i} [/tex]

    to which the VI-th postulate is applied to

    [tex] d^{2x}x^{*}=:\frac{1}{h^{2s}N!}\prod_{i=1}^{2s} dq_{i}dp_{i} [/tex]

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