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Did you carefully complete the reading assignment?
Imagine a system like a checkeboard (8x8 grid) where 8 of the 64
spaces may be occupied, the rest empty. Selecting the 8 occupied
squares at random, there are a lot of possible outcomes (how
The 5 cases above are possible outcomes. Rank these in order of least
likely to most likely. Explain your reasoning.
Using the same situation as in the first problem, imagine a
*macrostate* where no more than two of the 8 occupied squares are
touching each other (diagonally or adjacent). Imagine a second
macrostate where all of the occupied squares touch at least one other
occupied square. Which of these macrostates is more likely? Explain.
What's the difference between a macrostate and a microstate? How does
that difference come into play in your answers to questions 1 and 2?
Consider all of the gas particles in the room where you are sitting
right now. Thinking about all the positions, speeds, and directions of the
particles in the room, is this a likely macrostate? or an unlikely
one? Also, describe a macrostate (not microstate), for the gas
particles in this room, with the same energy that is quite
different from this one.
Was there anything that you didn't understand in the reading
assignment? If so, explain.
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