Hi, I'm studying statistical mechanics from Reif's book. In his book Reif is reaching the conclusion that the number of states avaiable to a system at energy E (up to some small uncertainty in the energy due to finite observation) with f degrees of freedom is proportional to E^f . There is a "not so much" of a proof of this lemma in his book, he assumes many things in that so called proof. could any one please refer me to an exact proof? By the way, I did an introductionary course in qunatum physics so feel about free to refer me to formal proofs. Another small question: Does the "a-priori probability" theorem in quantum statistical mechanics comes directly from Von Neumann's equation? Or do I have to postulate something else? Thank you very much for helping. I am sorry for my bad english. Ehud.