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Homework Help: Entropy of a mole of a crystalline solid as a function of temperature

  1. Apr 9, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    5. The nuclei of atoms in a certain crystalline solid have spin one. Each nucleus can be in any one of three quantum states labeled by the quantum number m, where m = −1,0,1. This quant number measures the projection of the nuclear spin along a crystal axis of the solid. Due to the ellipsoidal symmetry, a nucleus has the same energyε for in the state m = −1 and the state m = 1, compared with an energy E = 0 in the state of m = 0.
    (a) Find an expression as a function of T of the nuclear contribution to the average internal energy of the solid
    per mol.
    (b) Find an expression as a function of T of the nuclear contribution to the entropy of the solid per mol

    2. Relevant equations
    Where the sums are over all available states

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I solved part a by using the first equation and solving for Z. I got


    To get the energy per mole as a function of temperature, I simply multiplied by Avagadro's number


    From here, I get stuck trying to find entropy as a function of T. I'm not quite certain what to do. I've tried S=[itex]\int TdU[/itex] but it gives me a gruesome mess that can't be solved analytically by Mathematica. Any suggestions?
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2014
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