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Delta S in relation to Gibbs free energy

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:28 pm
by Katherine Grillo 1B
Why does a positive delta S favor the forward process in a reaction?

Re: Delta S in relation to Gibbs free energy

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:27 pm
by Camille Marangi 2E
This is because of the equation: dG= dH-T*dS. The spontaneity still relies on the change in enthalpy as we see in the equation. If the reaction is exothermic and entropy increases, then no matter the temperature, we will see the forward process being favored as dG will be negative. In general, there is a higher chance the forward reaction will be spontaneous if it generates a positive change in entropy and it all goes back to the aforementioned equation.