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Kavya Shivaram 1G
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States

Postby Kavya Shivaram 1G » Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:26 pm

Why do molecules in the gaseous phase occupy more states than the liquid phase and the solid phase?
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Alex Nguyen 3I
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Re: Degeneracy

Postby Alex Nguyen 3I » Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:43 pm

I could be wrong, but I think it might have something to do with the fact that gaseous molecules are much more loose than the rigid molecules in a liquid or solid.

Daniel Fu 2K
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Re: Degeneracy

Postby Daniel Fu 2K » Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:47 pm

I think degeneracy only applies to hydrogen atoms, according to page 36 of the textbook... If you were asking why the gaseous state occupies more space than the liquid and solid states, that answer would be because as you heat any group of molecules up, it will transition from solid to liquid to gas. At each state the molecules are able to overcome the attraction that they have among themselves because of added energy, and eventually they overcome said attraction and are farther apart from one another. This shows that gaseous phases take up more space than the other two. Tell me if I misunderstood your question.

Kavya Shivaram 1G
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Re: States

Postby Kavya Shivaram 1G » Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:28 pm

No, that's what I was asking I just worded it incorrectly. Thank you!


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