## entropy vs. Degeneracy

Phi Phi Do 2E
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### entropy vs. Degeneracy

What is the main difference between entropy and degeneracy?

Curtis Wong 2D
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### Re: entropy vs. Degeneracy

Degeneracy is the number of ways of achieving a given energy state, so basically how many different orientations (of lets say a molecule) that will give the same energy level.

Entropy on the other hand is disorder, or if we do not want to use the term disorder, it is the proper of the system needed to describe the likelihood or probability that the system will be in a particular state.

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### Re: entropy vs. Degeneracy

We can also view entropy as representative of the amount of energy that is unavailable to do mechanical work in a closed system!

Matthew 1C
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### Re: entropy vs. Degeneracy

also, degeneracy is taken into account when computing the actual value of entropy. their relationship between each other is seen in the Boltzmann equation

Ashley Macabasco 2K
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### Re: entropy vs. Degeneracy

Degeneracy (w) is used to calculate statistical entropy and refers to the number of combinations atoms or molecules can be in and create energy. Statistical entropy is therefore dependent on w as it shows the different ways positional entropy can occur.