what does W stand for in S=klnW

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what does W stand for in S=klnW

Postby cristiancampana 2H » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:33 pm

This may seem dumb but i need a refresher

Michele 2C
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Re: what does W stand for in S=klnW

Postby Michele 2C » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:49 pm

W stands for the number of ways that the atoms/molecules in a sample can be arranged and give the same total energy. Quantitatively, W = (# of micro-states)(# of particles in the system). A micro-state is just a different way of arranging the atoms. So, in example 9.7 on page 331, C-O is one micro-state and O-C would be another micro-state.

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Re: what does W stand for in S=klnW

Postby Thompson W 2C » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:44 pm

W=degeneracy=(# of states)^(# of particles)

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Re: what does W stand for in S=klnW

Postby Troy Tavangar 1I » Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:57 am

It is the degeneracy.


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