Calculating Degeneracy

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Delour Haj 3J
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Calculating Degeneracy

Postby Delour Haj 3J » Sun Jan 29, 2017 11:18 pm

I understand the equation for calculating degeneracy is W=2^N, however, in which cases will this equation be used? What exactly is W signifying and telling us?

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Re: Calculating Degeneracy

Postby Christian_Makar_2D » Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:44 pm

I believe you only use the degeneracy equation when calculating the positional or residual entropy. So basically when you are dealing with calculating entropy in the molecular form, not with thermal entropy.

Kevin Bangi 1A
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Re: Calculating Degeneracy

Postby Kevin Bangi 1A » Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:49 pm

The equation W=2^n only refers to a specific model where the model is only in two microstates. In order to find the degeneracy of any molecule/atom the equation used is W=M^n where M= the number of states and n= number of molecules/atoms

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