Harmonic Potentials and energy state populations

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Hi All - Let's say I have a potential energy surface with two minima, one higher than the other. We will label the higher minima B and the lower minima A. Each potential well can be approximated as a harmonic potential with force constants kA and kB for wells A and B respectively. How small must kB be in terms of kA in order for that state (higher energy) to be the more likely state at temperature T?
 

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Sry to bump my own thread. I'm really dying on this one here, any help is much appreciated.
 
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Is anyone out there? I've yet to get a response to anything I've posted on this site :-(
 

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