Molecular Complexity


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Suraj Doshi 2G
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Molecular Complexity

Postby Suraj Doshi 2G » Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:24 pm

Why do more complex molecules have a higher S (as compared to simple molecules) if they are more ordered and structured?

Fiona Latifi 1A
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Re: Molecular Complexity

Postby Fiona Latifi 1A » Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:56 pm

Because they have more positions or states that the molecule can be in. They have more atoms and are arranged in a more complicated way than less complex molecules.

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Re: Molecular Complexity

Postby Veronica_Lubera_2A » Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:42 pm

Entropy at the molecular level means having more 'microstates', or different ways of arranging atoms. Complex molecules have more atoms, and therefore, more places you can change its composition.

Altamash Mahsud 1I
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Re: Molecular Complexity

Postby Altamash Mahsud 1I » Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:06 pm

More complex molecules have a higher S because they have a greater amount of rotational and vibrational energies, meaning that they have more possible microstates they can be in, leading to a greater entropy.

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Re: Molecular Complexity

Postby EllieSchmidtke_4I » Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:10 pm

More complex molecules have a higher entropy value due to having an increased number of rotational/positional energies.


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