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Degeneracy

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:54 pm
by 305113590
Why is it that SO2F2 have 6 possible orientation/microstates, but FClO3 have 4 possible orientations? Is there a method to determine this number?

Re: Degeneracy

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:10 pm
by Aarti K Jain 1L
There is more complexity in the SO2F2, whereas FClO3 doesn't have the same complexity. For the FClO3, the position of the Cl changes, so there are four possible places for the Cl to be. For the SO2F2, the oxygens and fluorines can change positions, so there are more orientations/microstates because four atoms are changing places, not just one.

Re: Degeneracy

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:15 pm
by Ronald Thompson 1F
You have to look at the number of different arrangements of atoms. Best way is to draw lewis structures

Re: Degeneracy

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:16 pm
by ryanhon2H
You can determine degeneracy by looking at all the possible arrangements of the molecules, like if the positions of atoms changed.

Re: Degeneracy

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:46 am
by deepto_mizan1H
In addition to the responses above, it's important to draw the structures for the molecules we are considering, as it can help us to see what the resonance structures are and to total the amount of equal energy states (or positions) that we have. From this information it'll allow us to determine degeneracy without much information given.