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Statistical Mechanics}Partition Functions

The partition function is given by the formula Z=\sum_i g_i e^{-\epsilon_i/kT}, where g_i enotes the degeneracy of the ith state.

Plug in the given information into the formula to get choice (E).

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2008-10-30 22:44:09
I think it might be important to note that ETS is using the term "Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution" indistinctively from "Canonical Distribution" in this problem. Even though they do have the same mathematical form, i think it might be more appropriate to refer to this system as a system following a canonical distribution.
2011-11-08 05:46:49
Old comment, but I don't think that's necessarily true. The Canonical Distribution doesn't have degeneracies. IIRC, it's of the form Z = \sum_{i} \e^{\frac{-\epsilon_{i}}{kT} . In particular, the distribution for an MB system can have degeneracies, unlike those systems which follow Fermi-Dirac statistics (which still follow the Canonical Distribution function. I believe they are using "Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution" distinctively in this case.
2012-04-15 15:23:49
Please, can someone explain, why it's said that distribution is Maxwellian? thanks)
2017-10-10 18:53:57
Maxwell also did great thermal work.

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