Third Law concept and problem types

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Milena Aragon 2B
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Third Law concept and problem types

Postby Milena Aragon 2B » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:42 am

I know what the third law is but i'm not sure what types of problems will we encounter where we need to apply the third law in order to solve the problem. Can anyone explain please?

Nathan Tran 4K
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Re: Third Law concept and problem types

Postby Nathan Tran 4K » Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:17 am

We use the third law to identify changes in entropy in systems, surroundings, etc. Applications would be calculating delta s in terms of isothermal, isobaric, and isochoric conditions, calculating S in terms of Boltzmann's equation, and finding relationships in terms of delta s of the system, surroundings, and universe.

Jonathan Zhao 4H
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Re: Third Law concept and problem types

Postby Jonathan Zhao 4H » Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:36 am

Yes, essentially the third law of thermodynamics is saying that at 0 degrees K, there is no vibrational, rotational, or translational entropy. The only possible entropy results from positional and residual. Thus, knowing the Boltzmann equation would come in handy when asked a question about the residual/positional entropy.


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