Final 2011 #1c

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Final 2011 #1c

Postby Sue_Park_2D » Sat Mar 18, 2017 7:48 pm

In Final 2011, #1c it asks for which has a greater residual entropy at 0K: NO or BF3.

The answer is NO, but I don't understand why.

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Re: Final 2011 #1c

Postby nickrodgers » Sat Mar 18, 2017 10:05 pm

I would guess that it's because NO can be oriented in two states (N-O and O-N) while BF3 can only be oriented in one state.
Since entropy is proportional to W, and W = (# of possible states)^(# of particles), NO would have higher residual entropy

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