O2 Microstates

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O2 Microstates

Postby OliviaShearin2E » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:42 pm

Does someone know why O2 has one microstate (in context of S=Kb lnW) instead of 2? Wouldn't translational motion mean that there would be 2 states (each O2 molecule on the left/ right), or is it different because both O2 molecules are identical?

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Re: O2 Microstates

Postby Farah Ahmad 2A » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:43 pm

The O2 molecules are identical, so that's why it would be only 1 microstate instead of 2

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Re: O2 Microstates

Postby Scott Chin_1E » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:46 pm

Yes I believe it is because the molecule is monatomic.

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