Change in Entropy in Surroundings  [ENDORSED]


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Change in Entropy in Surroundings

Postby Mary Becerra 2D » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:57 pm

Why is it that when involved in an isothermal reversible expansion, the change in S of surroundings is equal to the opposite sign of the change in S of the system but when involved in an isothermal nonreversible free expansion, the change in S of surroundings is equal to zero?

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Re: Change in Entropy in Surroundings  [ENDORSED]

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:45 am

In a free expansion no work is done: w = 0
Isothermal: Delta U = 0

Therefore, q = 0

Since no heat exchanged with the surroundings there is no entropy change in the surroundings.

Ask me this question in my Monday review as other students probably have the same question.

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Re: Change in Entropy in Surroundings

Postby Yeyang Zu 2J » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:04 pm

First, you can think of that everything is constant in the universe
Then, since Stotal=q(total)/T
Qtotal=zero
Stotal=0


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