In my statistical physics class the partition function Z is used in the calculation of probabilities, and I even have a formula for it: Z=[itex]\sum[/itex]e(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); ^{-E/kT}. While this is all very good I am having some trouble actually grasping what it is, qualitatively speaking. Would someone please be able to explain it to me? I've tried google-ing, and firstly it pointed me to this site, but I've also followed a couple of other links that don't make much sense to me...

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# Homework Help: Partition Function?

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