Boltzmann equation: positional entropy or thermal entropy?


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Lizzie Zhang 2C
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Boltzmann equation: positional entropy or thermal entropy?

Postby Lizzie Zhang 2C » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:33 pm

I get that entropy has two parts: thermal entropy and positional entropy
I'm just confused that for the one with Boltzmann equation, is that positional or thermal?

Emily Oren 3C
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Re: Boltzmann equation: positional entropy or thermal entropy?

Postby Emily Oren 3C » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:55 pm

According to the textbook the Boltzmann equation calculates "statistical entropy," which I think takes both positional and thermal entropy into account.

Miranda 1J
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Re: Boltzmann equation: positional entropy or thermal entropy?

Postby Miranda 1J » Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:00 pm

I also read somewhere that it "quantifies the entropy of a system", what exactly does that mean in terms of types of entropy?

Julianna Thrasher 1B
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Re: Boltzmann equation: positional entropy or thermal entropy?

Postby Julianna Thrasher 1B » Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:25 pm

For Miranda, quantifying simply means putting a number to the amount of energy. If you quantify entropy you add the units Joules per degree Kelvin. For any entropy, both positional and thermal you can quantify it. When you quantify the amount of energy you can evaluate how it was used in reactions.


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