Degeneracy

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Samantha Rundle 3K
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Degeneracy

Postby Samantha Rundle 3K » Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:47 pm

I understand that degeneracy is the number of ways of achieving a given energy state, and that the more ways there are makes a higher degeneracy, but it is better to have a higher or lower degeneracy?

Peter 14B
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Re: Degeneracy

Postby Peter 14B » Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:09 pm

It really doesn't matter. That depends on the question.

Destiny Dare 1D
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Re: Degeneracy

Postby Destiny Dare 1D » Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:54 pm

A higher degeneracy means high entropy. A high entropy means greater disorder which increases the chance that a spontaneous change(a reaction) will occur. Therefore, higher degeneracy is only better if you want a reaction to occur.

Bryan Trieu 1F
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Re: Degeneracy

Postby Bryan Trieu 1F » Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:34 pm

Because degeneracy is exponential, the probability of a reaction occuring is higher when there are more components because it is non-linear.


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