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Homework Help: Find the Factor Increase of the Total Partition Function

  1. May 9, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    By what factor does the total partition function (excluding electronic) increase when 20 m^3 of Neon at 1.00 atm and 300 K is allowed to expand by 0.0010%?

    2. Relevant equations

    translational partition function qt= (V×[(2∏mkT)]^3/2])/ (h^3), vibrational partitition function qv = 1/(1-[e^-(ε/kT)]), rotational partition function qr = √∏/δ ×[(kT)^(3/2)]×[(1/Ba)^1/2]× [(1/Bb)^1/2] × [(1/Bc)^1/2)] Note: a, b, and c are subscripts and k = 0.695 cm^-1/K.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Since volume is only in the translational partition function, I assumed that the factor would just be the difference in volume, 0.0010% of 20 m^3. Is this correct?
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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