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Jorja De Jesus 2C
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Postby Jorja De Jesus 2C » Sun Feb 09, 2020 4:08 am

Is W just the number of microstates and are microstates just the number of atoms attached to the central atom of a molecule? If so how do you know which molecule you should be basing W on?

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Re: W

Postby nehashetty_2G » Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:33 am

No, I believe that W is the number of ways a molecule can be arranged. That's why BF3 has W=1 not three. Whereas COF2 has W=1 because the oxygen can be in 1 of three positions.

Alice Ma 2K
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Re: W

Postby Alice Ma 2K » Sun Feb 09, 2020 12:33 pm

W refers to degeneracy, which is a statistical value for the number of different combinations for the arrangement of the molecules.

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Re: W

Postby Ruby Richter 2L » Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:18 am

How do you find the determine the different combinations for the arrangement of the molecules from just looking at the lewis structure or the element itself?

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Re: W

Postby 805422680 » Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:07 am

W is degeneracy. It is equal to the number of states raised to the number of species

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