__Statistical Mechanics, the Boltzmann Constant and
the Ergodic Hypothesis__

*Laura M. Cupples (February 7-18, 2001)*

__Motivation__

The theory behind statistical mechanics is based squarely on the Ergodic
Hypothesis and Bolzmann statistics. These principles guide the
analysis of the mechanical behavior of large sets of particles. There are
very few experiments in statistical mechanics. The two below allow the
calculation of the Boltzmann constant (accepted value is 8.617*10^-5 eV/K), and
illustrate the legitimacy of the Ergodic Hypothesis and Boltzmann
statistics.

__The Experiments__