## thermo equation explanation

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### thermo equation explanation

What are you calculating with this equation: delt S (entropy) = q/T and why does T need to be in K?

Anusha 1H
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### Re: thermo equation explanation

This equation is calculating the change in the entropy of a system
Temperature is in Kelvin and Heat is in joules because the units for entropy is (J K^-1)

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### Re: thermo equation explanation

What is the difference between the equation mentioned above and the equation S=k(b) ln w?

2c_britneyly
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### Re: thermo equation explanation

The equation ΔS=q/T is applicable to an isothermal, reversible reaction.
The other equation ΔS=kBlnW is used to calculate residual entropy, meaning the system is cooled to nearly 0K so molecules are barely moving. We are calculating only the entropy of molecules, not a reaction with heat. A good way to tell these apart is to ask yourself whether you need to calculate degeneracy.

megan blatt 2B
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### Re: thermo equation explanation

These equations both calculate the entropy, or disorder, of the system. There are lots of equations to calculate entropy depending on the conditions of the system. The first equation is used for a reversible, isothermal process when the heat and temperature is given. Therefore, this is the equation that is used to calculate the entropy when given heat capacity charts. The second equation is used for residual entropy and is calculated at absolute zero (0 K). It tells the possible positions of the system and involves degeneracy. Basically you choose which equation to use based on the conditions and which values you are given.