Boron Triflouride Degeneracy  [ENDORSED]

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Boron Triflouride Degeneracy

Postby Tim Foster 2A » Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:37 am

Does Boron Triflouride have a degeneracy of one? Further implying that at T=0, it has no entropy?

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Re: Boron Triflouride Degeneracy  [ENDORSED]

Postby Chem_Mod » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:59 pm

Yes, if we imagine there is only one configuration available for the boron trifluoride. In reality, even different isotopes present in the perfect crystal would be enough to increase the entropy to a nonzero value at T = 0. For the purposes of a toy problem, if we assume there is only one orientation of the boron trifluoride, yes, the number of microstates is 1N.

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