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### How to calculate W

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:43 pm
How do you calculate W in the equation S = kBlnW? What does W represent?

### Re: How to calculate W

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:50 pm
W is the number of ways that the atoms or molecules in the sample can be arranged and yet still give rise to the same total energy, and each arrangement is known as a microstate.

### Re: How to calculate W

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:52 pm
W is the degeneracy, or the number of ways of achieving a given entropy value. If you know the desired entropy, you can use the Boltzmann equation to plug in the value you are given along with Boltzmann's constant to solve for W. In this form of solving for W, you would have to use your previous knowledge of natural logs and e to properly solve for the value of W. An easier way to solve for W is to think of it as W=(the number of microstates)^(number of molecules in the system).

### Re: How to calculate W

Posted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:16 pm
W represents degeneracy and is the various micro states that the molecule can have at a specific energy.

### Re: How to calculate W  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:49 am