Problem: What is the difference between a state and a microstate of a system? Check all that apply.A. A thermodynamic state is a single possible arrangement of the positions and kinetic energies of the molecules.B. A microstate is a snapshot of positions and speeds at a particular instant.C. A thermodynamic state is a set of conditions, usually temperature, volume and number of moles, that defines the properties of a bulk material.D. A thermodynamic state is a set of conditions, usually temperature and pressure, that defines the properties of a bulk material.E. A microstate is a single possibility for all the positions and kinetic energies of all the molecules in a sample.

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What is the difference between a state and a microstate of a system? Check all that apply.

A. A thermodynamic state is a single possible arrangement of the positions and kinetic energies of the molecules.

B. A microstate is a snapshot of positions and speeds at a particular instant.

C. A thermodynamic state is a set of conditions, usually temperature, volume and number of moles, that defines the properties of a bulk material.

D. A thermodynamic state is a set of conditions, usually temperature and pressure, that defines the properties of a bulk material.

E. A microstate is a single possibility for all the positions and kinetic energies of all the molecules in a sample.

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