W for BH2F

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W for BH2F

Postby 904564128 » Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:44 pm

Could you please explain how to find the degeneracy for a molecule such as BH2F? I'm still unclear on exactly what is done to find the value.

Reine Nakamura 1C
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Re: W for BH2F

Postby Reine Nakamura 1C » Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:12 pm

For problems dealing with S=kBlnW, I find it useful to draw the Lewis structures for the molecules to determine W. If you draw out BH2F, you'll see that is a trigonal planar molecule with B in the middle, and the 2 H atoms and the 1 F atom around it. In this case, the F atom is different from the 2 H atoms and can occupy 3 different positions around the central B atom, making the degeneracy (W)= 3. Hope this clarifies things a little!

Juliana Logan 1A
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Re: W for BH2F

Postby Juliana Logan 1A » Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:06 pm

In the equation S=kB*ln(W), I understand how to find the degeneracy, but where does the kB value come from?

Huanyu Nie 2A
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Re: W for BH2F

Postby Huanyu Nie 2A » Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:58 pm

kB is given. It is defined as R=kB*NA (2.03*10^23).


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