conceptual entropy questions


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Kayla Danesh 1F
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conceptual entropy questions

Postby Kayla Danesh 1F » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:32 pm

The solutions manual for problem 9.27 says that HBr has a higher molar entropy than HF. Can someone please explain why this is true?

Also, it states for problem 9.31 that Iodine gas has a higher molar entropy than Bromine gas, because it has a larger mass. Wouldn't smaller atoms have a higher entropy, because they can be in more possible positions? Thank you

Tanaisha Italia 1B
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Re: conceptual entropy questions

Postby Tanaisha Italia 1B » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:58 pm

Bromine has more electrons than Fluorine, so HBr has more possible states and disorder than HF. Also, Iodine is bigger than Bromine and has more electrons, so for the same reason it has more possible states and entropy.

Deborah Cheng 1F
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Re: conceptual entropy questions

Postby Deborah Cheng 1F » Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:17 am

Smaller atoms have fewer particles like electrons, whereas larger atoms are composed of more particles. The more components there are, the higher the number of possible states and higher entropy.

Susie Lee 2I
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Re: conceptual entropy questions

Postby Susie Lee 2I » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:22 pm

The possible states, known as microstates, all have the same energy as well.

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Re: conceptual entropy questions

Postby Phillip Winters 2F » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:37 am

Since there are more electrons in bromine, there are more possible microstates, contributing to the higher entropy

Xin He 2L
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Re: conceptual entropy questions

Postby Xin He 2L » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:42 am

Bromine is a larger molecule, so it will have more electrons, meaning there are more orientations for the micro states. This means there's higher entropy.


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