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Homework Help: How many possible arrangements are there for a deck of 52 playing cards?

  1. Mar 4, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    How many possible arrangements are there for a deck of 52 playing cards?(For simplicity, consider only the order of the cards , not whether they are turned upside down, etc.) suppose you start with a sorted deck and shuffle it repeatedly , so that all possible arrangements becomes accessible? how much entropy have you created in the process? express your answer both as a pure number(neglecting the factor k) and the SI units.Is the entropy significant compared to the entropy asociated with arranging thermal energy among the molecules in the cards?

    2. Relevant equations

    S=k*ln(omega), k is neglected in this problem.

    omega=(q+N)!/((q)!(N)!)
    3. The attempt at a solution

    a)How many possible arrangements are there for a deck of 52 playing cards?

    the number of arrangements is just N factorial or in my case 52!

    b)suppose you start with a sorted deck and shuffle it repeatedly , so that all possible arrangements becomes accessible how much entropy have you created in the process?

    so would I just calculate the total number of omega 's: In other words, would I calculate all the posible q's? for instance , omega(q=0)=(0+52)/((0!)(52!)+omega(q=1)=(1+52)/((1!)(52!))+....+omega(q=51)=(51+52)!/((51!)(52!))+omega(q=52)=(52+52)!/((52!)(52!)) and then proceed to take the natural log of all the total sums of the omega's to calculate my entropy?
     
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  3. Mar 4, 2008 #2
    I'm not sure where your equation for omega comes from, but omega is supposed to just be the number of possible arrangements. So your increase in entropy is just:

    [tex]\Delta S = k \left( \ln 52! - \ln 1 \right)[/tex]
     
  4. Mar 4, 2008 #3
    Is my calculation for the total number of arrangements correct? I do not understand how you obtained ln 1.

    i obtained my equation for omega on p. 63 of Daniel's V. Schroeder Thermal physics textbook.
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2008
  5. Mar 4, 2008 #4
    The number of arrangements is correct. The 1 comes from the fact that there is only one way to arrange the deck in a sorted manner.
     
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