The Two-Atom Ideal Gas
The Asides in this text treat material that can be skipped or that some students will already know. The purpose of this Aside is to bridge the gap between the one-atom ideal gas discussed in Lecture 4, and the N-atom (where N might be similar to Avogadro’s number) ideal gas treated in Lecture 5. In this Aside, I develop the canonical ensemble description of the two-atom ideal gas. I show how the lists of variables and integrals change form as the number of particles in the system is increased.
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