Entropy and Degeneracy

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Isabel Gutierrez 2G
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Entropy and Degeneracy

Postby Isabel Gutierrez 2G » Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:23 am

I understand that degeneracy is the number of ways of achieving an energy state but I don't understand how that is related to entropy. Can someone please explain?

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Re: Entropy and Degeneracy

Postby Alexandra_Shambayate_2L » Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:11 pm

HI! I think it has to do with the randomness of a system. Entropy is defined as the measure of disorder in a system. Degeneracy is defined as the number of possible states something can be in to achieve a certain energy. In this sense, the higher the degeneracy, the higher the entropy. If something can be in a bunch of states, then it is more chaotic. I'm not sure if this makes any sense, but I hope it helps.

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