### Microstates

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

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Posted: **Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:38 pm**

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

Posted: **Sun Feb 02, 2020 9:39 pm**

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

W=X^n

Where W= Degeneracy, X=the number if possible microstates, n=number of available particles

Posted: **Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:15 pm**

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

Posted: **Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:09 pm**

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.

Posted: **Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:37 pm**

Degeneracy is exponentially related to microstates.