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Microstates

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:38 pm
by ng1D
What is the relationship between microstates and degeneracy? Are they the same thing or are the number of microstates related to degeneracy?

Re: Microstates

Posted: Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:39 pm
by Nathan Rothschild_2D
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

Re: Microstates

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:15 pm
by Alan Cornejo 1a
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

Re: Microstates

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:09 pm
by Janet Nguy 2C
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.

Re: Microstates

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:37 pm
by SVajragiri_1C
Degeneracy is exponentially related to microstates.