gas with 2x positions


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Simrina Desar Dis 1H
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gas with 2x positions

Postby Simrina Desar Dis 1H » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:13 pm

Why does each gas molecule have 2x positions available to it and therefore resulting in W2/W1=2 ?

Aijun Zhang 1D
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Re: gas with 2x positions

Postby Aijun Zhang 1D » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:16 pm

This is set in the two-state system scenario.
When 2 particles are both in one of two states, then W = 4 = 2^2
If there is only 1 particle, then W = 2^1
So for N particles, a particle can be in one of two states, then W = 2^N

Lindsay Kester 2L
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Re: gas with 2x positions

Postby Lindsay Kester 2L » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:25 pm

The equation is the number of possible states (In this case, 2) raised to the number of particles. If there were three possible states, it would be 3^n, and so on.

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