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Maximizing Number of Reactions versus Number of Particles with Energy ei in Statistical Mechanics

2020
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Traditionally, it seems statistical mechanical counting (and maximization) schemes using factorials are based on counting the number of systems in an ensemble with energy Ei or the number of particles in a system (e.g. a gas) with energy ei. In this note, we try to argue that the counting (and maximization) may be that of the number of "generalized" reactions involving a particle with ei, rather than the number of particles with ei. For Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics, the probability for ei to

doi:10.5281/zenodo.3698243
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