Understanding Entropy

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

briannam_1F
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Understanding Entropy

Can someone explain why Lavelle didn't like to say define entropy as "disorder?"

Riya Sood 4G
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Re: Understanding Entropy

Entropy was not defined as "disorder" to avoid the negative connotation of the word. Instead entropy can be defined as the measure of randomness.

Rohit Srinivas 2D
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Re: Understanding Entropy

Disorder has become synonymous with the "wrong/bad outcome". Entropy does not follow the value that media and society has assigned with that word. Instead entropy can just be thought of as randomness in a system.

DMaya_2G
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Re: Understanding Entropy

As others have said, entropy can just be described as randomness in a system.

Shrey Pawar 2A
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Re: Understanding Entropy

Just as was stated above when people think of disorder it may lead them to believe the wrong thing regarding entropy. By using randomness, Dr. Lavelle is making it more clear as to what exactly is exemplified by having high or low entropy.

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