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Molecular Complexity

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:24 pm
by Suraj Doshi 2G
Why do more complex molecules have a higher S (as compared to simple molecules) if they are more ordered and structured?

Re: Molecular Complexity

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 1:56 pm
by Fiona Latifi 1A
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.

Re: Molecular Complexity

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:42 pm
by Veronica_Lubera_2A
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.

Re: Molecular Complexity

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:06 pm
by Altamash Mahsud 1I
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.

Re: Molecular Complexity

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:10 pm
by EllieSchmidtke_4I
More complex molecules have a higher entropy value due to having an increased number of rotational/positional energies.