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degeneracy

Postby Ami_Pant_4G » Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:47 pm

Can someone explain how degeneracy and the atom arrangements are relevant to entropy? thanks in advance.

Angus Wu_4G
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Re: degeneracy

Postby Angus Wu_4G » Sun Feb 02, 2020 2:59 pm

Degeneracy, or W, is just the total number of energy states a system can achieve. You can think of entropy as chaos and a gradual decline to disorder. The higher the degeneracy, there are more possible states for the system to be, and the more possible states there are, the more potential for disorder there is. This is why in the equation S=klnW, as degeneracy increases (W), then S increases as well.

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Re: degeneracy

Postby Angus Wu_4G » Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:02 pm

Here's a simple website that I used that helped me understand the concept, I hope it helps:

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hb ... ntrop.html

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Re: degeneracy

Postby KBELTRAMI_1E » Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:03 pm

Angus Wu_4G wrote:Here's a simple website that I used that helped me understand the concept, I hope it helps:

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hb ... ntrop.html


I found this super helpful! thank you!


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