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Homework Help: Entropy of N particle system

  1. Jan 18, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A system of particles is in equilibrium at temperature T. Each particle may have energy 0, epsilon, or 2 epsilon. Find the entropy of the system.

    2. Relevant equations

    [tex]F=-\tau log(Z)[/tex]


    3. The attempt at a solution


    Z = 1+exp(\frac{-\epsilon}{\tau})+exp(\frac{-2\epsilon}{\tau})

    [tex]F=-\tau log(1+exp(\frac{-\epsilon}{\tau})+exp(\frac{-2\epsilon}{\tau}))[/tex]


    Hows that look? I'm really rusty with my thermal physics so even though this is not very complicated, I just have no confidence. One thing I was worried about was my partition function. When is the function I used applicable, and when do I need to use


    As I type this I am becoming increasing doubtful that I used the right partition function. Thanks for reading!
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2010
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  3. Jan 19, 2010 #2
    Is my question ill posed? Please if you read this say anything, say whatever you think even if you don't know.
  4. Jan 19, 2010 #3
    Now I am feeling rather sure that all I need to do is replace my Z with Z^N and I have my answer. Any thoughts?
  5. Jan 20, 2010 #4
    Anyone? Anything?

    I just noticed a mistake in my first post, the second equation should be sigma=(partial F)/(partial tau). But if you can help me you probably knew that already...
  6. Jan 20, 2010 #5
    Using Z = Z_1^N/N! , you should get the correct expression.
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