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Entropy vs. Degeneracy

Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:23 pm
In my notes, the definitions for entropy and degeneracy seem similar, so what is the difference between the two?

Re: Entropy vs. Degeneracy

Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:26 pm
This discussion helped be understand the distinction much better, hope it helps!
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Re: Entropy vs. Degeneracy

Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:00 pm
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.

Re: Entropy vs. Degeneracy

Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:54 pm
Degeneracy and entropy are also directly related, which means that the higher the entropy, the higher the degeneracy.

Re: Entropy vs. Degeneracy

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:56 am
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

Re: Entropy vs. Degeneracy  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:20 am
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.