Understanding Entropy

Boltzmann Equation for Entropy:

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Understanding Entropy

Postby briannam_1F » Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:50 pm

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

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Re: Understanding Entropy

Postby Riya Sood 4G » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:11 pm

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

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Re: Understanding Entropy

Postby Rohit Srinivas 2D » Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:55 pm

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.

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Re: Understanding Entropy

Postby DMaya_2G » Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:16 pm

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

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Re: Understanding Entropy

Postby Shrey Pawar 2A » Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:47 pm

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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