Laws of thermodynamics

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Vincent Leong 2B
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Laws of thermodynamics

Postby Vincent Leong 2B » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:15 pm

What is the difference between the 2nd and 3rd law? What are their respective equations supposed to say about the system or the general word statement?

Shannon Asay 1C
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Re: Laws of thermodynamics

Postby Shannon Asay 1C » Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:20 pm

The 2nd law says that systems spontaneously go towards states of maximum entropy, which is shown by the equation, delta s=q/T. This is also demonstrated by Gibbs free energy equation because systems that are exothermic and have high entropy are spontaneous. For the third law, it's saying that as the temperature drops to 0, entropy also approaches 0. The limit equation directly shows this.

Aarja Pavade 1H
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Re: Laws of thermodynamics

Postby Aarja Pavade 1H » Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:58 pm

Shannon Asay 1C wrote:The 2nd law says that systems spontaneously go towards states of maximum entropy, which is shown by the equation, delta s=q/T. This is also demonstrated by Gibbs free energy equation because systems that are exothermic and have high entropy are spontaneous. For the third law, it's saying that as the temperature drops to 0, entropy also approaches 0. The limit equation directly shows this.

For entropy to approach 0 (third law), the absolute temperature of a perfect crystal must also approach 0. This is because a perfect crystal will have zero positional disorder and when the temperature is 0, zero thermal disorder. If just the temperature was zero, but positional disorder was still present, entropy would be a non-zero value.

Mai V 4L
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Re: Laws of thermodynamics

Postby Mai V 4L » Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:15 pm

Can someone please share their favorite youtube videos/graphics to help remember this? Thanks.


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