second law of thermodynamics

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second law of thermodynamics

Postby TarynLane2J » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:04 pm

Why is it that as an object approaches absolute zero, the change in entropy approaches zero but entropy itself is only zero when it is a perfect crystal?

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Re: second law of thermodynamics

Postby Jakob von Morgenland 2C » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:10 pm

In a perfect crystal, there are no imperfections, and in other words, a perfect crystal has no disorder (so the entropy will equal 0).All other objects have some sort of imperfection and disorder, so the entropy only theoretically approaches 0.

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Re: second law of thermodynamics

Postby Isaiah Little 1A 14B » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:15 pm

Think of 0 K as a theoretical limit, where entropy is a function of the temperature in Kelvin. As T approaches 0 K, so would entropy; but since we cannot achieve 0 K, we can only approach zero entropy.

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