Potential/Residual Entropy


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Colette Ussery 3L
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Potential/Residual Entropy

Postby Colette Ussery 3L » Sat Mar 18, 2017 2:38 am

I noticed on page 29 of the course reader it mentions that the equation S = kb ln W is the equation "to find Potential/Residual Entropy. This ignores thermal entropy." I was wondering what that meant because that is the only equation for entropy given? Will we only need to find potential entropy?

Lucy Nakashima 1E
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Re: Potential/Residual Entropy

Postby Lucy Nakashima 1E » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:27 am

The equation given doesn't account for the thermal entropy of molecules and we haven't done any problems that deal with calculating thermal entropy so I think we only need to know how to calculate potential entropy using S = kB * ln W

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