Entropy at 0 Kelvin


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Entropy at 0 Kelvin

Postby Jeremy_Guiman2E » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:34 pm

Why do molecules at 0 K have entropy still? Are there circumstances under which molecules could have no entropy?

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Re: Entropy at 0 Kelvin

Postby Deepika Reddy 1A » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:36 pm

I believe they explained this in the pizza rolls review session. They said that even if molecules are at 0 Kelvin, they still have positional entropy. In order to have no entropy, the molecule at 0 K has to be perfectly ordered.

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Re: Entropy at 0 Kelvin

Postby Frank He 4G » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:00 pm

One would need a perfect pure crystal of a molecule or atom at 0 K to have 0 entropy. If it is not, then there are possible chances for molecules or atoms existing in different positions.

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Re: Entropy at 0 Kelvin

Postby KarineKim2L » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:01 pm

Even at 0K, most molecules still have a degeneracy and therefore have residual entropy. If there is more than one way a molecule could be oriented or positioned, there will still be entropy at 0K.

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