# Homework Help: Statistical Mechanics -- partition function, change to polar coords

1. Apr 14, 2017

### binbagsss

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Hi I have the following definition for the partition function of $N$ particles in $s$ dimensions:

I am looking at computing the partition function for this Hamiltonian:

The solution is here:

2. Relevant equations
above

3. The attempt at a solution

I don't understand the top line of this solution? The definition is to integrate over $\Pi_{i=1}^{i=n} \Pi_{\alpha=1}^{\alpha=2}dP_{i,a}$ not $\Pi_{i=1}^{i=2N} d\vec P_i$

I can change to polar coordinates to get the integration over $d\vec P_i$ (just looking at the integration over $P$ and I have the same result, however in the first line of the solution there are no factors of $2\pi$ from the change of variables to polar coordinates, so how has the definition of the partition function been used? (or is it just by chance I've got the same answer)i.e. $dP_x dP_y \neq d^2\vec P$ does it?:

2. Apr 19, 2017

### PF_Help_Bot

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