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Sophie Krylova 2J
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Entropy change

Postby Sophie Krylova 2J » Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:08 am

In class we talked about how the reaction proceeds when the change in entropy is positive. Is it referring to the system or the surroundings?

Anna Okabe
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Re: Entropy change

Postby Anna Okabe » Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:38 am

The reaction is spontaneous if the change in entropy of the universe is positive, and this is the sum of the entropy of the system and the surroundings.

Justin Chang 2K
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Re: Entropy change

Postby Justin Chang 2K » Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:19 pm

Yes, deltaS(total)=deltaS(system)+deltaS(surroundings). We also talked about how deltaS(surroundings)= -Hsys/T. This is helpful because it tells us an exothermic reaction is usually spontaneous because of the increase in total entropy. The two negatives will cancel, and deltaS(surroundings) will be a positive value, which increases the total entropy and makes the reaction more spontaneous.

Leah Savage 2F
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Re: Entropy change

Postby Leah Savage 2F » Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:17 pm

Is it true that the entropy of the universe is always increasing because some form of energy is always released by a reaction, even if it's endothermic?

Joanne Guan 1B
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Re: Entropy change

Postby Joanne Guan 1B » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:32 pm

Yes, entropy is always increasing because even if an endothermic reaction occurs, the energy had to have come from somewhere in order to perform the reaction.


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