## Entropy vs. Degeneracy [ENDORSED]

Volume: $\Delta S = nR\ln \frac{V_{2}}{V_{1}}$
Temperature: $\Delta S = nC\ln \frac{T_{2}}{T_{1}}$

Alexandra Carpenter 1G
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### Entropy vs. Degeneracy

In my notes, the definitions for entropy and degeneracy seem similar, so what is the difference between the two?

Mishta Stanislaus 1H
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### Re: Entropy vs. Degeneracy

This discussion helped be understand the distinction much better, hope it helps!
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Virpal Gill 1B
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### Re: Entropy vs. Degeneracy

Degeneracy is the number of ways of achieving a given energy state, while entropy is the probability that the system will be in a particular state.

Susie Lee 2I
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### Re: Entropy vs. Degeneracy

Degeneracy and entropy are also directly related, which means that the higher the entropy, the higher the degeneracy.

AnuPanneerselvam1H
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### Re: Entropy vs. Degeneracy

Degeneracy is the amount of states a particles can exist in. Entropy is a measure of disorder in a system. While they both may seem similar, degeneracy is describing the actual number of states and entropy is measured in J/K

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### Re: Entropy vs. Degeneracy  [ENDORSED]

Entropy is the probability that the system will be in 1 particular state, while degeneracy is the number of ways you can achieve that energy state.