disorder & entropy


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Paula Dowdell 1F
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disorder & entropy

Postby Paula Dowdell 1F » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:21 pm

What does an increase in disorder correspond to? An increase or decrease in entropy?
And why?

Hazem Nasef 1I
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Re: disorder & entropy

Postby Hazem Nasef 1I » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:26 pm

An increase in disorder would correspond to an increase in entropy, since entropy is the number of different states a system can be in. For example, when a substance goes from a liquid to a gas, there is an increase in entropy of the system, since the collection of gas molecules can occupy a greater number of states. This also corresponds to an increase in disorder of the system.

Nicole 1F
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Re: disorder & entropy

Postby Nicole 1F » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:34 pm

Adding on, the equation S=KblnW shows that with more microstates (W=number of microstates^# of particles in the system), there is an increase in entropy.

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