Distribution

$\Delta S = \frac{q_{rev}}{T}$

Ethan Vuong 3G
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Distribution

Hi I am confused as to why the microstates of different distributions are important to calculating w. Does this relate to using log properties?

Abigail Yap 2K
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Re: Distribution

It is important to consider the different possible microstates when determining degeneracy (w) because degeneracy is defined as the number of different arrangements that allow for a given energy state.

Katie Blann 1E
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Re: Distribution

Can someone explain microstates to me further?

Rachel Brown 3A
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Re: Distribution

Each distribution of the energy at the molecular level characterizes a microstate of the system. The entropy is measure of the number of microstates that are accessible at given total energy.