# Solid State Physics (Ashcroft/Mermin)

1. Sep 30, 2008

### asdf1

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
For the 1st problem, part (b) at the end of chapter 1, I am not certain what the question means. The question is " In the Drude model the probability of an electron suffering a collision in any infinitesimal interval dt is just $$\frac{dt}{\tau}$$.

Show that the probability that the time interval between two successive collisions of an electron falls in the range between t and t+dt is $${\frac{dt}{\tau}$$*$$e^{\frac{dt}{\tau}$$

3. The attempt at a solution
Does the question mean that the two collisions occur in the time interval from t and t+dt
or that the first collision occurs from the time 0 to t and that the second collision occurs from the time t to t+dt?

Last edited: Sep 30, 2008
2. Apr 10, 2010

### yeonjae503

Could you show me whole solutions?