Perfect Crystal in terms of Entropy

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Perfect Crystal in terms of Entropy

Postby PeterTran1C » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:22 pm

I was wondering what the connection was between Entropy and the idea of a perfect crystal. I remember writing down how a perfect crystal has no impurities, no defects and can be cooled down to 0 K, but does this have to do with Entropy directly?

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Re: Perfect Crystal in terms of Entropy

Postby Amanda Mac 1C » Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:28 pm

I think that in terms of entropy, a perfect crystal has entropy=0 because all the molecules are lined up perfectly. All the molecules are uniform and no matter how you arrange the molecules, they'll still fit perfectly. Since this is true, there is no "disorder" and this foundation makes up the basis of the third law of thermodynamics. Hope this helped!

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Re: Perfect Crystal in terms of Entropy

Postby Rana YT 2L » Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:44 am

in addition, Dr. Lavelle mentioned in lecture that an entropy=0 can only occur when the temperature is at 0 K.

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