Finding W (degeneracy)

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Sydney Tay 2B
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Finding W (degeneracy)

Postby Sydney Tay 2B » Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:37 pm

When calculating for W when there is 1 mol of a substance does this mean that you have to raise the number of microstates available to the power of Avogadro's number?

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Re: Finding W (degeneracy)

Postby ariana_apopei1K » Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:47 pm

i believe so yes. its the same as if you would convert the number of moles by multiplying by avo first

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Re: Finding W (degeneracy)

Postby Vicky Lu 1L » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:17 pm

If you are given mols of a substance, Avogadro's number (NA) will appear in the the raised power, times the number of amount of identical molecules/particles.
For example, when calculating the residual entropy of 1 mol of C6H5Br, w = 6 ^ 1*NA, therefore S = Kb*ln (6^1NA) = NA*Kb*ln6.

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Re: Finding W (degeneracy)

Postby Katelyn Pham 4E » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:21 pm

W = # of possible energy states ^ # of molecules

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Re: Finding W (degeneracy)

Postby Nicholas Le 4H » Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:34 pm

Yes, you raise it to the number of Avogadro's constant if they ask you to use one mole of a substance.

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