Boltzmann Equation

Boltzmann Equation for Entropy:

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EthanPham_1G
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Boltzmann Equation

Postby EthanPham_1G » Sun Feb 02, 2020 7:25 pm

Can someone explain the Boltzmann equation and what it is used to solve for? What is W (degeneracy)? How do you solve for W.

Ashley Fang 2G
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Re: Boltzmann Equation

Postby Ashley Fang 2G » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:13 am

The Boltzmann Equation is: S = KBlnW
It shows the relationship between entropy and the number of ways the atoms or molecules of a thermodynamic system can be arranged.
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Robin Cadd 1D
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Re: Boltzmann Equation

Postby Robin Cadd 1D » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:21 am

Ashley Fang 2G wrote:The Boltzmann Equation is: S = KBlnW
It shows the relationship between entropy and the number of ways the atoms or molecules of a thermodynamic system can be arranged.

Accordingly, the Boltzmann equation can be used to solve for entropy.

Brian Tangsombatvisit 1C
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Re: Boltzmann Equation

Postby Brian Tangsombatvisit 1C » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:31 am

To get a number for W, you would have to determine the total number of possible states that your molecule or atoms could be in. For a 2-state system, the total number of possible outcomes your system could have is 2^n, where n= the number of atoms. You would typically use this equation to solve for S, which you could use to plug into delta G = delta H - T delta S to determine whether a reaction is spontaneous or not (spontaneous if G is negative).

Ruth Glauber 1C
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Re: Boltzmann Equation

Postby Ruth Glauber 1C » Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:14 pm

Can someone walk through an example?


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