Date of Award

4-1988

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Physics

First Advisor

Dr. David Carley

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

A two parameter integral equation, equation T is studied to compute radial distribution functions for a classical fluid whose single component particles interact pairwise according to a square-well potential function. A computer program originally written for a DEC 10 was modified to run on a DEC VAX. At the same time, modifications were made to take advantage of the faster VAX and to reduce the time an operator must spend to get a solution to the integral equation. Solutions were obtained for several densities, temperatures, and parameter values. Temperatures ranged from a high temperature gas to near critical temperatures. Accurate results were easily obtained for medium and high temperatures but derivations from 'exact' results occurred at low temperatures and high densities.

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