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K Stefanescu 2I
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General Question

Postby K Stefanescu 2I » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:02 am

Why do more massive elements or molecules have greater entropy?

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Re: General Question  [ENDORSED]

Postby Lisa Tang 1C » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:41 am

Larger molecules tend to have greater entropy than smaller ones because heavier molecules have more vibrational energy states. In this way, the molecules have a greater number of possible positions they can take up. Using the formula S=k*lnW with W being the number of ways the atoms or molecules in a sample can be arranged and still give rise to the same total energy, we can see that the greater the number of positions, the higher the entropy. Hope that helps!


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