Different Types of Entropies

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Jason Wu 1E
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Different Types of Entropies

Postby Jason Wu 1E » Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:53 pm

Through practice problems, I have come across various types of Entropies including S, Delta S, Delta S total, and Delta S surroundings. What do each one of them mean and how do they relate to each other? Thanks!

Megan Cao 1I
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Re: Different Types of Entropies

Postby Megan Cao 1I » Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:56 pm

S is just entropy itself
delta S is the change in entropy
delta S total is the total change in entropy within a universe ( Ssys + Ssurr)
delta S surroundings is the change in entropy within the surroundings

Hope this helps in some way!

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Re: Different Types of Entropies

Postby Emma Popescu 1L » Sat Feb 15, 2020 8:34 pm

Also when the reaction is reversible delta S total=0 so delta S system= - delta S surroundings

Helen Struble 2F
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Re: Different Types of Entropies

Postby Helen Struble 2F » Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:51 pm

Delta S and its variants (system, surroundings, total) represent a state function (change in entropy). We can find the value of this change through the equations given to us. However, because a delta valley represents a final value minus and initial value, we know that any system must have a set value for entropy at any given time, even if there is no change in the system. This is calculated using the Boltzmann equation.

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Re: Different Types of Entropies

Postby Amy Kumar 1I » Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:56 pm

The entropy of the system and surroundings added up equal the entropy of the surroundings. In cases where the entropy of the surroundings is 0, the entropy of the system equals -1*entropy of the surroundings.

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Re: Different Types of Entropies

Postby RichBollini4G » Wed Feb 19, 2020 12:15 pm

Megan Cao 1I wrote:S is just entropy itself
delta S is the change in entropy
delta S total is the total change in entropy within a universe ( Ssys + Ssurr)
delta S surroundings is the change in entropy within the surroundings

Hope this helps in some way!


thank you this was very helpful

Miriam Villarreal 1J
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Re: Different Types of Entropies

Postby Miriam Villarreal 1J » Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:50 pm

The entropy of the surroundings will increase if energy (heat) is flowing into the surroundings from the system.If we are given the entropy changes of the system and surroundings, we can calculate total entropy change. The total entropy change is simply the sum of the system and the surroundings


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