Degeneracy


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Alice Chang 2H
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Degeneracy

Postby Alice Chang 2H » Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:39 pm

So I wrote in my notes under the title "degeneracy" that:
thermodynamic property: small error in S
statistical: large error in W

Can anyone help me decipher what that means? LOL tysm

Rory Simpson 2F
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Re: Degeneracy

Postby Rory Simpson 2F » Sun Feb 02, 2020 4:52 pm

Boltzmann's formula in particular is a means of calculating statistical entropy based on W (the amount of different microstates with the same total energy.) The entropy S calculated there is equivalent to the thermodynamic definition of entropy. I think that if using the Boltzmann equation would get you a small error in S, despite having a large error in W.


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