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Entropy Definition

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 9:27 am
by Katelyn 2E
In class, Dr. Lavelle avoided using the word "disorder" to describe entropy but the book consistently uses it. How would we define/what was Dr. Lavelle's definition of entropy without using "disorder"?

Re: Entropy Definition

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:20 am
by Joshua Xian 1D
You can think of entropy as energy dispersion or degeneracy.

Re: Entropy Definition  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:20 am
by Scott Chin_1E
We can do this by using Degeneracy and as well as the fact that states of matter can “occupy” more positions when that matter has more entropy. For example, a substance in the gas phase has more entropy and thus can occupy more “positions” than a substance in the solid phase.