Helmholtz free energy
Statistical mechanics 
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Key topics 
Statistical thermodynamics Kinetic theory 
Particle Statistics 
MaxwellBoltzmann BoseEinstein · FermiDirac 
Ensembles 
Microcanonical · Canonical Grand canonical Isothermal–isobaric Isoenthalpic–isobaric 
Thermodynamics 
Gas laws · Carnot cycle · DulongPetit 
Models 
Debye · Einstein · Ising 
Potentials 
Internal energy · Enthalpy Helmholtz free energy Gibbs free energy 
Scientists

In thermodynamics, the Helmholtz free energy is a thermodynamic potential which measures the “useful” work obtainable from a closed thermodynamic system at a constant temperature and volume. For such a system, the negative of the difference in the Helmholtz energy is equal to the maximum amount of work extractable from a thermodynamic process in which temperature and volume are held constant. Under these conditions, it is minimized at equilibrium. The Helmholtz free energy was developed by Hermann von Helmholtz and is usually denoted by the letter A (from the German “Arbeit” or work), or the letter F . The IUPAC recommends the letter A as well as the use of name Helmholtz energy;^{[1]}. In physics, A is called the Helmholtz function or simply “free energy”.
While Gibbs free energy is most commonly used as a measure of thermodynamic potential, especially in the field of chemistry, the isobaric restriction on that quantity is sometimes inconvenient. For example, in explosives research, Helmholtz free energy is often used since explosive reactions by their nature induce pressure changes.
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Definition
The Helmholtz energy is defined as:
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where
 A is the Helmholtz free energy (SI: joules, CGS: ergs),
 U is the internal energy of the system (SI: joules, CGS: ergs),
 T is the absolute temperature (kelvins),
 S is the entropy (SI: joules per kelvin, CGS: ergs per kelvin).
Mathematical development
From the first law of thermodynamics we have:
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where Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): U is the internal energy, Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \delta Q is the energy added by heating and Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \delta W is the work done by the system. From the second law of thermodynamics, for a reversible process we may say that Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \delta Q=T{\rm d}S . Also, in case of a reversible change, the work done can be expressed as Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \delta W = p dV
Differentiating the expression for Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): A we have:
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This relation is also valid for a process which is not reversible because A is a thermodynamic function of state.
Minimum free energy and maximum work principles
The laws of thermodynamics are only directly applicable to systems in thermal equilibrium. If we wish to describe phenomena like chemical reactions, then the best we can do is to consider suitably chosen initial and final states in which the system is in (metastable) thermal equilibrium. If the system is kept at fixed volume and is in contact with a heat bath at some constant temperature, then we can reason as follows.
Since the thermodynamical variables of the system are well defined in the initial state and the final state, the internal energy increase, Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \Delta U , the entropy increase Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \Delta S , and the work performed by the system, Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): W , are well defined quantities. Conservation of energy implies:
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The volume of the system is kept constant. This means that the volume of the heat bath does not change either and we can conclude that the heat bath does not perform any work. This implies that the amount of heat that flows into the heat bath is given by:
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The heat bath remains in thermal equilibrium at temperature T no matter what the system does. Therefore the entropy change of the heat bath is:
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The total entropy change is thus given by:
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Since the system is in thermal equilibrium with the heat bath in the initial and the final states, T is also the temperature of the system in these sates. The fact that the system's temperature does not change allows us to express the numerator as the free energy change of the system:
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Since the total change in entropy must always be larger or equal to zero, we obtain the inequality:
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If no work is extracted from the system then
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We see that for a system kept at constant temperature and volume, the total free energy during a spontaneous change can only decrease, that the total amount of work that can be extracted is limited by the free energy decrease, and that increasing the free energy requires work to be done on the system.
This result seems to contradict the equation Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): dA = S dT  P dV , as keeping T and V constant seems to imply Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): dA = 0 and hence Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): F = \text{ constant} . In reality there is no contradiction. After the spontaneous change the system, as described by thermodynamics, is a different system with a different free energy function than it was before the spontaneous change. We can thus say that Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \Delta A= A_{2}  A_{1}\leq 0 where the Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): F_{i} are different thermodynamic functions of state.
One can imagine that the spontaneous change is carried out in a sequence of infinitesimally small steps. To describe such a system thermodynamically, one needs to enlarge the thermodynamical state space of the system. In case of a chemical reaction one would need to specify the number of particles of each type. The differential of the free energy then generalizes to:
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where the Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): N_{j} are the numbers of particles of type j and the Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \mu_{j} are the corresponding chemical potentials. This equation is then again valid for both reversible and nonreversible changes. In case of a spontaneous change at constant T and V, the last term will thus be negative.
In case there are other external parameters the above equation generalizes to:
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Here the Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): x_{i} are the external variables and the Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): X_{i} the corresponding generalized forces.
Relation to the partition function
A system kept at constant temperature is described by the canonical ensemble. The probability to find the system in some energy eigenstate r is given by:
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where
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Z is called the partition function of the system. The fact that the system does not have a unique energy means that the various thermodynamical quantities must be defined as expectation values. In the thermodynamical limit of infinite system size, the relative fluctuations in these averages will go to zero.
The internal energy of the system is the expectation value of the energy and can be expressed in terms of Z as follows:
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If the system is in state r, then the generalized force corresponding to an external variable x is given by
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The thermal average of this can be written as:
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Suppose the system has one external variable x. Then changing the system's temperature parameter by Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): d\beta and the external variable by dx will lead to a change in Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \log Z :
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): d\left(\log Z\right)= \frac{\partial\log Z}{\partial\beta}d\beta + \frac{\partial\log Z}{\partial x}dx = U\,d\beta + \beta X\,dx\,
If we write Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): U\,d\beta as:
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we get:
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This means that the change in the internal energy is given by:
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In the thermodynamic limit, the fundamental thermodynamic relation should hold:
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This then implies that the entropy of the system is given by:
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where c is some constant. The value of c can be determind by considering the limit T → 0. In this limit the entropy becomes Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): S = k \log \Omega_{0} where Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \Omega_{0} is the ground state degeneracy. The partition function in this limit is Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \Omega_{0}e^{\beta U_{0}} where Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): U_{0} is the ground state energy. We thus see that Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): c = 0 and that:
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Bogoliubov inequality
Computing the free energy is an intractable problem for all but the simplest models in statistical physics. A powerful approximation method is mean field theory which is a variational method based on the Bogoliubov inequality. This inequality can be formulated as follows.
Suppose we replace the real Hamiltonian Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): H of the model by a trial Hamiltonian Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{H} which has different interactions and may depend on extra parameters that are not present in the original model. If we choose this trial Hamiltonian such that
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where both averages are taken w.r.t. the canonical distribution defined by the trial Hamiltonian Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{H} , then
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): A\leq \tilde{A}\,
where Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): A is the free energy of the original Hamiltonian and Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{A} is the free energy of the trial Hamiltonian. By including a large number of parameters in the trial Hamiltonian and minimizing the free energy we can expect to get a close approximation to the exact free energy.
The Bogoliubov inequality is often formulated in a sightly different but equivalent way. If we write the Hamiltonian as:
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where Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): H_{0} is exactly solvable, then we can apply the above inequality by defining
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Here we have defined Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \left\langle X\right\rangle_{0} to be the average of X over the canonical ensemble defined by Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): H_{0} . Since Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{H} defined this way differs from Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): H_{0} by a constant, we have in general
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Therefore
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And thus the inequality
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holds. The free energy Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{A} is the free energy of the model defined by Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): H_{0} plus Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \left\langle\Delta H\right\rangle . This means that
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{A}=\left\langle H_{0}\right\rangle_{0}  T S_{0} + \left\langle\Delta H\right\rangle_{0}=\left\langle H\right\rangle_{0}  T S_{0}\,
and thus:
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Proof
For a classical model we can prove the Bogliubov inequality as follows. We denote the canonical probability distributions for the Hamiltonian and the trial Hamiltonian by Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): P_{r} and Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{P}_{r} , respectively. The inequality:
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \sum_{r} \tilde{P}_{r}\log\left(\tilde{P}_{r}\right)\geq \sum_{r} \tilde{P}_{r}\log\left(P_{r}\right) \,
then holds. To see this, consider the difference between the l.h.s. and the r.h.s.. We can write this as:
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Since
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it follows that:
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where in the last step we have used that both probability distributions are normalized to 1.
We can write the inequality as:
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where the averages are taken w.r.t. Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{P}_{r} . If we now substitute in here the expressions for the probability distributions:
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and
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we get:
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \left\langle \beta \tilde{H}  \log\left(\tilde{Z}\right)\right\rangle\geq \left\langle \beta H  \log\left(Z\right)\right\rangle
Since the averages of Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): H and Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{H} are, by assumption, identical we have:
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): A\leq\tilde{A}
Here we have used that the partition functions are constants w.r.t. taking averages and that the free energy is proportional to minus the logarithm of the partition function.
We can easily generalize this proof to the case of quantum mechanical models. We denote the eigenstates of Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{H} by Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \leftr\right\rangle . We denote the diagonal components of the density matrices for the canonical distributions for Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): H and Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{H} in this basis as:
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): P_{r}=\left\langle r\left\frac{\exp\left[\beta H\right]}{Z}\rightr\right\rangle\,
and
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{P}_{r}=\left\langle r\left\frac{\exp\left[\beta\tilde{H}\right]}{\tilde{Z}}\rightr\right\rangle=\frac{\exp\left(\beta\tilde{E}_{r}\right)}{\tilde{Z}}\,
where the Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{E}_{r} are the eigenvalues of Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{H}
We assume again that the averages of H and Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{H} in the canonical ensemble defined by Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{H} are the same:
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \left\langle\tilde{H}\right\rangle = \left\langle H\right\rangle \,
where
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \left\langle H\right\rangle = \sum_{r}\tilde{P}_{r}\left\langle r\leftH\rightr\right\rangle\,
The inequality
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still holds as both the Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): P_{r} and the Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{P}_{r} sum to 1. On the l.h.s. we can replace:
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \log\left(\tilde{P}_{r}\right)= \beta \tilde{E}_{r}  \log\left(\tilde{Z}\right)\,
On the r.h.s. we can use the inequality
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where we have introduced the notation
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \left\langle Y\right\rangle_{r}\equiv\left\langle r\leftY\rightr\right\rangle\,
for the expectation value of the operator Y in the state r. See here for a proof. Taking the logarithm of this inequality gives:
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \log\left[\left\langle\exp\left(X\right)\right\rangle_{r}\right]\geq\left\langle X\right\rangle_{r}\,
This allows us to write:
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The fact that the averages of H and Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \tilde{H} are the same then leads to the same conclusion as in the classical case:
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): A\leq\tilde{A}
Generalized Helmholtz energy
In the more general case, the mechanical term (Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): p{\rm d}V ) must be replaced by the product of the volume times the stress times an infinitesimal strain:^{[3]}
 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): {\rm d}A = V\sum_{ij}\sigma_{ij}\,{\rm d}\varepsilon_{ij}  S{\rm d}T + \sum_i \mu_i \,{\rm d}N_i\,
where Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \sigma_{ij} is the stress tensor, and Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): \varepsilon_{ij} is the strain tensor. In the case of linear elastic materials which obey Hooke's Law, the stress is related to the strain by:
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where we are now using Einstein notation for the tensors, in which repeated indices in a product are summed. We may integrate the expression for Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): {\rm d}A to obtain the Helmholtz energy:
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 Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): = \frac{1}{2}V\sigma_{ij}\epsilon_{ij}  ST + \sum_i \mu_i N_i\,
See also
 Gibbs free energy for thermodynamics history overview and discussion of free energy
 Grand potential
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 Statistical mechanics
 This page details the Helmholtz energy from the point of view of thermal and statistical physics.
References
 ↑ [[Gold Book]] (PDF). IUPAC. Retrieved 20071104. URL–wikilink conflict (help)
 ↑ Levine, Ira. N. (1978). "Physical Chemistry" McGraw Hill: University of Brooklyn
 ↑ Landau, L. D. (1986). Theory of Elasticity (Course of Theoretical Physics Volume 7). (Translated from Russian by J.B. Sykes and W.H. Reid) (Third ed. ed.). Boston, MA: Butterworth Heinemann. ISBN 075062633X. Unknown parameter
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Further reading
 Atkins' Physical Chemistry, 7th edition, by Peter Atkins and Julio de Paula, Oxford University Presscs:Helmholtzova volná energie
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