Degeneracy and Equilibrium

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Gabrielle Schwab 1G
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Degeneracy and Equilibrium

Postby Gabrielle Schwab 1G » Thu Jan 21, 2016 8:34 pm

Why in an isolated system is W (degeneracy) maximum at equilibrium?

Vivian Van Ngo 2A
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Re: Degeneracy and Equilibrium

Postby Vivian Van Ngo 2A » Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:07 am

I don't know if this is right but this is what I understood from the example given in class:
You have 1 mol of a gas in a chamber that is divided in half. if you remove the divider between the two halves, then the gas will then move to occupy the full space. Though there isn't a change in energy, the gas is now occupying the maximum amount of space that it can and occupies the greatest number of positions. This means that in that medium (isolated system) the degeneracy is at its maximum in that space.

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