Free electron model

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Homework Statement


Compare the electron spacing of silver (0.26 nm) to the estimate for mean free path calculated earlier (52 nm), explain the discrepancy in terms of Pauli's free-electron model of conductivity.


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I would say this is down to the exclusion principle. The translational energies are spread out accross a great range as only two electrons can occupy a given translational energy state.
Am I on the right track.

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