Irreversible expansion and entropy  [ENDORSED]


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Helen Shi 1J
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Irreversible expansion and entropy

Postby Helen Shi 1J » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:11 pm

Why is it that in a free expansion (according to page 346 in the textbook) that delta S of the surroundings is equal to 0 but delta S (system) is not. The book reasons that no work is done in free expansion so q=0, but if that is the case how can delta S (system) or delta S (total) be anything other than zero?

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Re: Irreversible expansion and entropy  [ENDORSED]

Postby Rachel Formaker 1E » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:14 pm

ΔS of the system will increase because in free expansion, the volume of the system will still increase, so the particles can occupy more microstates, representing an increase in entropy.

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