The Third Law

Boltzmann Equation for Entropy: $S = k_{B} \ln W$

Hector Acosta Discussion 1H
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The Third Law

Can someone explain to me the third law of thermodynamics?

Cam Bear 2F
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Re: The Third Law

The third law of thermodynamics states that entropy of a perfect crystal is zero when the temperature is zero Kelvin. If it isn't a perfect crystal or if it is at a different temperature there will be residual entropy.

Cam Bear 2F
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Re: The Third Law

A perfect crystal only has one microstate so w=1. When you plug 1 into the equation S=kb*ln(w) and solve, you get zero.

Miguel Velasco 2J
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Re: The Third Law

we know the micro state is w=1 because there exists no movement at 0 Kelvin therefore resulting in entropy equal to 0.

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