Specific heat revisited

C. A. Pizarro, C. A. Condat, P. W. Lamberti, D. P. Prato

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The correlation between potential shape and specific heat is generally absent from textbook discussions. We present a detailed analysis of the specific heat contribution due to independent particles subject to one-dimensional classical and quantum model potentials. For the classical models, we use phase space concepts to develop a clear physical interpretation of the temperature dependence of the specific heat. For the quantum models, we make the interpretation in terms of the differences in quantum levels. © 1996 American Association of Physics Teachers.
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)736-744
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1996

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