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Jane Burgan 1C
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residual entropy

Postby Jane Burgan 1C » Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:24 pm

Can someone explain what residual entropy is and why it's important?

Adam Vuilleumier 2K
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Re: residual entropy

Postby Adam Vuilleumier 2K » Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:26 pm

Residual entropy has to do with the placement of certain atoms within a molecule. For example, a molecule like CH3Cl would have residual entropy because there are four different places (degeneracy) where you can put the Cl in the tetrahedral shape. A molecule like O2 on the other hand only has one configuration, so there is no residual entropy.

Patrick Cai 1L
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Re: residual entropy

Postby Patrick Cai 1L » Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:57 pm

Residual entropy is mostly considered in situations where all types of entropy is removed, such as the case of cooling molecules to almost 0 K. Under these conditions, the particles are considered motionless and thus we ignore aspects like entropy associated with gaseous phase particles, etc.

Cody Do 2F
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Re: residual entropy

Postby Cody Do 2F » Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:32 pm

In class today, we spoke about residual entropy mostly in terms of absolute cooling (where the temperature is 0 K, or rather, as close to 0 K as we can presently reach). In molecules where degeneracy > 1 exist, even in the event that 0 K were reached, some level of residual entropy would exist due to the possible arrangement of atoms.


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