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    Hi there I'm new here,

    I have this question on my homework that has been bugging me for a couple of days now and I was wondering if anybody could help me out. Let me set the scene.

    We have N particles in total in a box of volume V. We split the box into V1 and V2 with a probability of p for a particle being in V1 and a probability of 1-p for the particle being in V2.

    I need to find the average particle number in V1, i.e. <N1> and it's fluctuation dN1 for bot distinguishable and indistinguishable particles.

    I hope somebody can help me. Thanks

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    Re: N particles in 2 boxes - distinguishable/indistinguishable - probability associat


    hi,
    the trick is in counting the total number of states. If the particles are indistinguishable you have a lot less distinct states . Is this physics? (bose-einstein vs. fermi-dirac?)

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