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Complete Solutions to the Physics GRE: PGRE0177

Complete Solutions to the Physics GRE: PGRE0177

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Start with the Taylor Series expansion of ex

to get an approximation

ex

≈ 1 +x

(1.168)

ehν/kT

= 1 +hν/kT

(1.169)

Plug this approximation into the denominator of Einstein’s formula

C = 3kNA


kT

2

ehν/kT

(1 +hν/kT −1)2

(1.170)

= 3kNA


kT

2

ehν/kT

(hν/kT)2

(1.171)

= 3kNAehν/kT

(1.172)

Finally, as temperature blows up to infinity, ehν/kT

= 1 and so we are left with

C = 3kNA

(1.173)

Correct Answer

(D)

76

1.66. PGRE0177 #66

CHAPTER 1. PHYSICS GRE SOLUTIONS

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