Simple Equilibrium Binding
In this chapter we introduce the grand partition function for use in equilibrium binding problems. This method is not needed for the simple problems we consider in this chapter; in fact, the main results are already contained in Eqs. (3.4)–(3.14) and were obtained by thermodynamic methods. However, with the background acquired here, we shall see that the grand partition function approach converts the more complicated and interesting problems in Chapters 4 and 6 into straightforward exercises.
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