Microstates  [ENDORSED]

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Megan Purl 1E
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Microstates

Postby Megan Purl 1E » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:33 pm

What are microstates or arrangements of atoms?

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Re: Microstates

Postby 604807557 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:52 pm

A microstate is a specific way that the energy of a system can be arranged. Microstates tend to be indistinguishable from each other which means the more indistinguishable the higher the entropy.

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Re: Microstates

Postby Rakhi Ratanjee 1D » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:54 pm

A microstate is the arrangement of the molecules in a sample, or the various ways the molecules can be distributed differently over the available energy levels. "W" measures the number of microstates than a particular atom/molecules has. Essentially, the more microstates that a particular atom has, the greater the entropy because there is more disorder. This greater disorder comes from the greater number of microstates because there are more ways to achieve the same energy. Essentially, this means that the more ways that an atom/molecule can be positioned (microstates), the greater the disorder (entropy).

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Re: Microstates  [ENDORSED]

Postby Ya Gao » Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:24 am

I think the easy way the understand it is the possible arrangement atoms can have under specific environments.


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