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Homework Help: Phase Space Cells - Statistical Thermodynamics

  1. Nov 25, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    1.) Explain why it is necessary to divide phase space into quantified cells of a finite size.
    2.) Why is it necessary to know the size of these cells to over come the Gibb's paradox?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    1.) I think it's something to do with stopping it having infinite entropy but I can't really elaborate more than that..

    2.) Is this just because the paradox states that every particle is indistinguishable from every other particle in the volume? Or is there more to it?

    Any help would be appreciated! :)
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