## Microstates

Boltzmann Equation for Entropy: $S = k_{B} \ln W$

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ng1D
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### Microstates

What is the relationship between microstates and degeneracy? Are they the same thing or are the number of microstates related to degeneracy?

Nathan Rothschild_2D
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### Re: Microstates

They are not the same thing, just related
W=X^n
Where W= Degeneracy, X=the number if possible microstates, n=number of available particles

Alan Cornejo 1a
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### Re: Microstates

Nathan Rothschild_2D wrote:They are not the same thing, just related
W=X^n
Where W= Degeneracy, X=the number if possible microstates, n=number of available particles

This is correct, they are two distinct things but they can be related with an equation

Janet Nguy 2C
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### Re: Microstates

Like what was said, degeneracy is related to microstates by the equation W = X^n; this is just because degeneracy describes all of the possible positions that a particle can exist in, so intuitively you would take the # of microstates to the power of the # of particles there are.

SVajragiri_1C
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### Re: Microstates

Degeneracy is exponentially related to microstates.

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