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Q. 2.11

An Introduction to Thermal Physics
Found in: Page 60
An Introduction to Thermal Physics

An Introduction to Thermal Physics

Book edition 1st
Author(s) Daniel V. Schroeder
Pages 356 pages
ISBN 9780201380279

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Short Answer

Use a computer to produce a table and graph, like those in this section, for two interacting two-state paramagnets, each containing 100 elementary magnetic dipoles. Take a "unit" of energy to be the amount needed to flip a single dipole from the "up" state (parallel to the external field) to the "down" state (antiparallel). Suppose that the total number of units of energy, relative to the state with all dipoles pointing up, is 80 ; this energy can be shared in any way between the two paramagnets. What is the most probable macrostate, and what is its probability? What is the least probable macrostate, and what is its probability?

The most likely macrostate is when the energy units are evenly distributed,qA=qB=40 , with a probability of 0.07513. The least likely state is when all the energy units are in partition BorA, qA=40 , or when qB=40, with a chance of 7.8726 ×10-20.

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Expression for overall multiplicity

The probability of PqA is,

PqA=Ωtotal Ωoverall

The overall multiplicity is,

Ωoverall Noverall ,qoverall =qoverall +Noverall -1qoverall

The total multiplicity is ,

Ωtotal =ΩAΩB



Step 2: Calculation for total multiplicity

Multiplicity is,

Ωoverall =qoverall +Noverall -1!qoverall !Noverall -1!

qoverall =qA+qB=80

Noverall =NA+NB=200


role="math" localid="1650306409339" Ωoverall =(80+200-1)!80!(200-1)!


Multiplicity of A is,


Multiplicity of Bis,


Substitute qB=80-qA


role="math" localid="1650306390399" ΩB=179-qA80-qA


Probability is,



Step 3: Python program for creation of graph

Step 4: Graph for probability and energy

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