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Degeneracy

Postby 905085650 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:33 pm

Can someone explain to me what degeneracy is and how it relates to entropy? Thank you!!

Nahelly Alfaro-2C
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Re: Degeneracy

Postby Nahelly Alfaro-2C » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:42 pm

Degeneracy (w) is the number of ways of achieving a given energy state. The relationship shared between entropy and degeneracy is the Boltzmann's equation- S= kB ln W. The way degeneracy would be calculated is W=2^N in which N represents the particles that can be found in one of two states. When connecting back to Boltzmann's equation it would be:
S=kB lnW
= kB ln(2^N)
=N kB ln2
S= Rln2

Michelle Nwufo 2G
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Re: Degeneracy

Postby Michelle Nwufo 2G » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:03 pm

Also, it’s kind of confusing why work and degeneracy have the same constant. Are they somehow related?

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Re: Degeneracy

Postby Cameron_Greenberg_3C » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:16 pm

Michelle Nwufo 2G wrote:Also, it’s kind of confusing why work and degeneracy have the same constant. Are they somehow related?


Work has a lowercase w, while degeneracy is an uppercase W. They are not related.


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