## Delta in enthalpy and not entropy

Rida Ismail 2E
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### Delta in enthalpy and not entropy

Can someone explain to me why there is a delta in front of the H and not the S? Dr. Lavelle spoke about this today but I still didn’t quite grasp the information.

MeeraBhagat
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### Re: Delta in enthalpy and not entropy

There is also a delta for the entropy term because entropy is a state function.

Bella Townsend
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### Re: Delta in enthalpy and not entropy

you can calculate the change in both enthalpy and entropy. Both enthalpy and entropy are state functions

Katie Kyan 2K
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### Re: Delta in enthalpy and not entropy

There is also a delta in front of the entropy as it is a state function meaning that you can subtract its final and initial states.

Matt F
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### Re: Delta in enthalpy and not entropy

There can be a delta (or change in) for enthalpy or entropy since both are state functions. The one equation where delta isn't used is the Boltzmann equation, S=kBlnW, since it is calculating the entropy of the system for that many energy states as opposed to the change in entropy due to a change in the system (such as volume or temperature)

Daria MacAuslan 1H
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### Re: Delta in enthalpy and not entropy

The delta sign just smbolizes that there is a change in that specific value. Both entropy and enthalpy are state functions, and both of them can have calculated changes in their values.

Ruby Richter 2L
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### Re: Delta in enthalpy and not entropy

Just for clarification then the only case where entropy would not be calculated as delta is in the Boltzmann equation S=kBlnW?

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