How to calculate W

Boltzmann Equation for Entropy:

Brandon Mo 4K
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How to calculate W

How are we supposed to calculate W (degeneracy)?

Hovik Mike Mkryan 2I
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Re: How to calculate W

Hello, to calculate degeneracy one has to know how many molecules are present and how many orientations it can form. The # of orientations can be denoted x and the number of molecules can be denoted n. Therefore x^n will give you the degeneracy. Hope this helped!

Ethan Yi 1K
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Re: How to calculate W

W = (# of equal energy conformations)^(# of molecules)

Faith Fredlund 1H
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Re: How to calculate W

Generally when you are supposed to find the degeneracy of a system you are ultimately trying to find the entropy of a system.

S= (Kb)ln(W)
entropy= (Boltzman's constant)ln(degeneracy)

Systems with higher degeneracy have higher entropy because the atoms or molecules can possess more disorder in the way the are arranged in the system.

LaurenJuul_1B
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Re: How to calculate W

W=(# of micro states)^(# of molecules)

or using s=kb(ln(W))

Ashe Chen 2C
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Re: How to calculate W

W is calculated by
and then is plugged into the equation
to find the statistical/residual entropy

Aili Ye 4L
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Re: How to calculate W

W (degeneracy) is calculated by the number of microstates/equal energy conformantions to the power of the number of molecules. S (entropy) is thus equal to the Boltzmann's constant multiplied by lnW.

Yvonne Du
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Re: How to calculate W

(Numbers of possible ways)^numbers of molecules.

Danny Zhang 4L
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Re: How to calculate W

(# of mircostates)^(# of molecules)

Rehan Chinoy 1K
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Re: How to calculate W

(number of orientations) ^ (number of molecules). Side note: I've seen some problems where one has to use Avogadro's number to find the number of molecules.

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