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Homework Help: Statistical physics at constant temp

  1. Aug 22, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A system of 32 spin-½ dipoles (each of moment μ) is held at a constant temperature in an external magnetic field, where on average, 20 dipoles are aligned with the magnetic field of strength B.
    a) What is the temperature, in terms of given parameters?
    b) What is the standard deviation in the mean energy, in terms of given parameters?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    a) the net magnetic moment is 20mu-12m=8mu
    p(spin up)=20/32
    p(spin down)=12/32

    Now i am a bit cofused in using this information in the boltzman distribution.


    The energy for the dipoles is given by E=-muB
    The net magnetic moment is 8mu and thus the total energy of the system in this state is E=-8muB.

    So is the energy difference in the case simply the total energy of the system which is E=-8muB, or is it E(12)-E(20)
    Anyway i did the following:


    Also is there are restriction on what (p₂)/(p₁) is interpreted as?
    can i take it to be 12/20 or 20/12 without changing the result?
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