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How to Calculate Degeneracy

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:05 pm
by Linh Vo 2J
How do we calculate degeneracy? I'm not sure how to use the formula or its variables.

Re: How to Calculate Degeneracy

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:19 pm
by Chloe Qiao 4C
I do not think there is a formula that always works for degeneracy. But it can be calculated using simple math. For example, if there are three particles and each can be in one of the two directions, then the degeneracy is 2^3=8.

Re: How to Calculate Degeneracy

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:18 pm
by Cade Okohira 4K
I was also wondering how W(degeneracy) was calculated. What do W1 and W2 mean in terms of calculating absolute entropy?

Re: How to Calculate Degeneracy

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:24 pm
by pamcoronel1H
The formula you would use is w^n, where w is the number of possible states for the system, and n is the number of atoms. This equation shows us through the n exponent that degeneracy strongly depends on the number of atoms rather than the possible states.

Re: How to Calculate Degeneracy

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:26 pm
by KarlaArevalo2F
i also agree that it is the number of particles to the number of different positions they can occupy

Re: How to Calculate Degeneracy

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:33 pm
by Alma Flores 1D
Degeneracy(w) is the number of ways to achieve a given energy state. w = (#of microstates available)^n , n=# of particles present. This is the used in the equation deltaS = Kb ln w