Finding W

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Elizabeth Ignacio 1C
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Finding W

Postby Elizabeth Ignacio 1C » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:45 pm

Is there a specific way to best find W? Other than drawing out the different possible microstates?

Fatima_Iqbal_2E
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Re: Finding W

Postby Fatima_Iqbal_2E » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:53 pm

Depending on the number of states there are in a given system (2-state, 3-state, etc), you could use the formula x^N to find the degeneracy, where X is the number of systems in the state, and N is the number of atoms in the system.

Timothy Kim 1B
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Re: Finding W

Postby Timothy Kim 1B » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:22 pm

If there are two states for one particle, degeneracy is 2^1.
For N particles in one of two states, degeneracy (w) = 2^N

Humza_Khan_2J
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Re: Finding W

Postby Humza_Khan_2J » Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:34 pm

For molecules positions, I think drawing it out is best. For example, on 9.25, it would not be possible to utilize the formula.


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