# Statistical thermo (diatomic molecule w/harmonic oscillator)

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The OH radical has a mass of 17 atomic units, so the harmonic frequency can be calculated using the spring constant for the molecule. In summary, the harmonic frequency (or frequencies) of a diatomic molecule, the OH (hydroxyl) radical, can be found using the ##C_{ij}## matrix and the formula ##\omega = \sqrt{\frac{k}{m}}##.
A diatomic molecule has only one vibrational mode. The ##C_{ij}## matrix becomes a single number, ##k##, the spring constant for the molecule. The harmonic frequency is given by ##\omega = \sqrt{\frac{k}{m}}##.

## 1. What is statistical thermodynamics?

Statistical thermodynamics is a branch of thermodynamics that uses statistical methods to study the behavior of large numbers of particles. It describes the relationship between the microscopic properties of individual particles and the macroscopic properties of a system.

## 2. What is a diatomic molecule?

A diatomic molecule is a molecule composed of two atoms. Examples include oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2), and hydrogen chloride (HCl).

## 3. What is a harmonic oscillator?

A harmonic oscillator is a system that exhibits simple harmonic motion, meaning that its displacement from equilibrium is proportional to the force acting on it. In statistical thermodynamics, a diatomic molecule can be modeled as a harmonic oscillator.

## 4. How is statistical thermodynamics used to study diatomic molecules?

Statistical thermodynamics uses mathematical models to describe the distribution of energy and motion within a system of diatomic molecules. These models can be used to calculate properties such as the average energy, heat capacity, and entropy of the system.

## 5. Why is statistical thermodynamics important in chemistry and physics?

Statistical thermodynamics allows scientists to understand and predict the behavior of complex systems, such as diatomic molecules, by studying the individual particles that make up the system. It is crucial for understanding and explaining many phenomena in chemistry and physics, such as phase transitions, chemical reactions, and the behavior of gases.

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