Degeneracy (W)

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Alexia Joseph 2B
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Degeneracy (W)

Postby Alexia Joseph 2B » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:17 pm

How do you calculate the degeneracy of something?

Oscar Valdovinos 1I
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Re: Degeneracy (W)

Postby Oscar Valdovinos 1I » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:25 pm

To findthe degeneracy, you need to the formula W= number of states^(number of molecules)

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Re: Degeneracy (W)

Postby RuchaDeshpande1L » Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:02 am

The number of ways of achieving a given energy state is called degeneracy, W. The relationship between W (degeneracy) and S (entropy) is the Boltzmann Equation: S = kb * ln(W)

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Re: Degeneracy (W)

Postby ZoeHahn1J » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:23 pm

The number of states will either be given or found by looking at the number of different orientations/states that a molecule can be in.

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Re: Degeneracy (W)

Postby Vincent Tse 1K » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:29 pm

Everybody above said it well!

If you haven't already, I recommend trying problems 9.21, 9.23, and especially 9.25 in the textbook; those really helped me learn the concept when I was doing them last week :)


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