Determine the energy and number of configurations

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N surfactant molecules occupy an interface with A binding sites. The molecule has energy= -ε when perpendicular to the interface, and -δ when parallel to the interface (ε>δ>0). M is the number of surfactants perpendicular to the interface.

For a given value of M, determine the energy E(M) and the number of configurations [itex]\Gamma[/itex](M)

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I don't even know where to begin. Any advice or direction much appreciated.

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If M molecules are perpendicular to the interface and have an energy -ε each, how many of the N molecules are parallel and have an energy -δ each? What is the total energy of all molecules together?
In how many ways can you choose M particles out of N?
 

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