Finding the value of W

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Jessica Castellanos
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Finding the value of W

Postby Jessica Castellanos » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:22 pm

How do you find the value of W?

Sydney Pell 2E
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Re: Finding the value of W

Postby Sydney Pell 2E » Sun Feb 16, 2020 6:31 pm

W, or degeneracy, is defined as the number of ways of achieving a given energy state. It can be calculated by counting the number of particles and the number if arrangements/states they could be in. For example, if 2 particles could be in one of two states, W=4, or 2^2. The number of particles is raised to the power of the number of states they could be in.

Daniel Yu 1E
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Re: Finding the value of W

Postby Daniel Yu 1E » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:09 pm

W is equal to 'a', the number of possible ways to achieve a specific energy state, raised to the 'n' power where n is the number of particles in the system.


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