From first principles, the author gathers a few general rules that need to be abided by in the calculation of the internal partition functions (IPFs) of individual molecules. These rules are violated in many schemes in the literature where occupational probabilities are used including those using the Planck-Larkin partition function (PLPF) within the chemical picture. Considering these rules is useful from conceptual and practical points of view. A solution is introduced to assure fulfilling the above mentioned rules when using occupational probabilities. Sample calculations are performed showing quantitative significance of inaccuracies caused by dishonoring such rules.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Physics Letters, Section A: General, Atomic and Solid State Physics|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 17 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)