### Calculating Degeneracy

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**Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:30 pm**How would I go about calculating degeneracy (W) given a molecular formula?

Created by Dr. Laurence Lavelle

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Posted: **Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:30 pm**

How would I go about calculating degeneracy (W) given a molecular formula?

Posted: **Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:49 pm**

The equation for Degeneracy is the number of micro-states to the power of the number of molecules. When calculating moles, you would do the number of micro-states to the power of 6.022*10^23 times the number of moles.

So, if you were calculating the degeneracy for 4 molecules with 6 different micro-states each, you would do 6^4

If you were calculating 4 moles of molecules with 6 different micro-states each, you would do 6^ 4(6.022x10^23)

So, if you were calculating the degeneracy for 4 molecules with 6 different micro-states each, you would do 6^4

If you were calculating 4 moles of molecules with 6 different micro-states each, you would do 6^ 4(6.022x10^23)

Posted: **Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:51 pm**

You would use the formula to calculate the entropy. W representing degeneracy is simply the amount of orientations possible for the molecule raised to Avogadro's number if given only the fact that you have to fine the degeneracy of a just a molecular formula. Otherwise I agree with the above statement.

Posted: **Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:15 am**

You would calculate the degeneracy by the general formula:

However, this is only true when you are given the number of molecules; if you are given the moles then you just do basic stoichiometry where 1 mole = 6.023x10^23 molecules.

However, this is only true when you are given the number of molecules; if you are given the moles then you just do basic stoichiometry where 1 mole = 6.023x10^23 molecules.