degeneracy


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josmit_1D
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degeneracy

Postby josmit_1D » Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:46 pm

can someone please re-explain degeneracy and why when there are 3 atoms W=8?

Aliya Jain 2B
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Re: degeneracy

Postby Aliya Jain 2B » Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:59 pm

degeneracy is the number of ways of achieving a given state. The equation to calculate this number is W= 2^n, which is why if there are 3 atoms, there are 8 possible microstates.

ELu 1J
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Re: degeneracy

Postby ELu 1J » Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:01 pm

The equation to calculate degeneracy is W = x^n where x = # of states (in this case is 2) and n = # of particles (in this case is 3). Therefore, w = 2^3 = 8.

Emily Burghart 1k
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Re: degeneracy

Postby Emily Burghart 1k » Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:58 pm

What can we learn from the degeneracy of a system? when x=2 n=3 W=8, but what does that mean? Is it anything more than knowing that degeneracy is the number of ways of achieving a given state?


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