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Homework Help: Questions on phase space and CanonicalMicrocanonical ensembles

  1. Oct 9, 2012 #1
    1. Sketch the phase space of a weight free falling along the z coordinate (no
    motion in other directions). Sketch the trajectory of the free fall including
    impact on the ground.
    2. Calculate the density of states, entropy, and temperature (all as a function of
    energy) for the following model: Consider a 1 dimensional lattice with 3 elds
    (periodic boundary conditions). Every lattice site can have the states ; 0; +.
    Interaction energies are only between nearest neighbors and are E() = +4
    E(++) = +3 E(+) = E(+) = 2 everything else E = 0. Sketch the highest
    and lowest energy states.
    3. Dierences: CanonicalMicrocanonical ensemble
    Assume you have given a density of states as a function of energy
    (E). This can be used to calculate canonical and microcanonical data.
    (a) Discretize Energy in units of E and write down the entropy microcanoni-
    (b) Give the partition sum in the canonical and the microcanonical ensemble
    (as a function of the relevant observables).
    (c) Assume you measure an observable as a function of energy A(E). Write
    down its average canonically and microcanonically.

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    3. I don't know how to sketch in problem 1 and for problem 2, I think maybe there are mistakes in the problem, otherwise, the highest energy should be +∞ and the lowest is -∞. Problem 3 I totally have no idea of it, and I want to know the difference and relation between Ω(the number of microstates) and Ω'(the density of states).
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  3. Oct 9, 2012 #2


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    Do you know the definitions of any of those things? Whoever gave you this problem certainly expects you to know them.

    (And this problem is physics, not mathematics, so I am moving it.)
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