Boltzmann Equation for Entropy:

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Erik Buetow 1F
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Postby Erik Buetow 1F » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:05 pm

Is the only time that we will use the equation S=Kb*ln(W) be when we are given degeneracy? Or will it be used other times as well?

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Re: Degeneracy

Postby chrisleung-2J » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:08 pm

I believe that this equation, as well as the one used to calculate degeneracy when given # of molecules and # of microstates, would be the main ways in which we might be expected to apply this concept.

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Re: Degeneracy

Postby Sahil Jog 1F » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:09 pm

We would use this equation when we are given the degeneracy, but Lavelle might make us calculate W first. Remember that W=(# of positions the molecules could be at)^(# of atoms or molecules).

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Re: Degeneracy

Postby 005162520 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:37 pm

How are we able to determine the microstates? Is it given?

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Re: Degeneracy

Postby Nathan Rothschild_2D » Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:42 pm

You don't have to calculate the number of microstates , it will be given.

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Re: Degeneracy

Postby Rida Ismail 2E » Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:52 pm

This equation will probably be the only way that he asked us to calculate degeneracy. Also the amount of micro states will be given and from that we calculate W

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