## sign of entropy

Volume: $\Delta S = nR\ln \frac{V_{2}}{V_{1}}$
Temperature: $\Delta S = nC\ln \frac{T_{2}}{T_{1}}$

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Jack Papciak 2F
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### sign of entropy

How do I know whether the entropy has a "+" or a "-"?

Grace Boyd 2F
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### Re: sign of entropy

As Dr. Lavelle explained today in lecture, the sign of entropy depends on the direction of heat flow. If the system loses heat, the entropy will have a negative sign in front of it. If the surroundings gain heat, the entropy will have a positive sign. I hope this helps!

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Additionally, entropy is positive when the reaction spontaneous. It means that the system has more possible states. Entropy is negative when the system has less possible states.

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Also, if delta entropy equals zero then the reaction is at equilibrium.

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You determine the sign of entropy by the direction of heat flow.

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Direction of heat flow determines the sign as well as whether or not the reaction is spontaneous.

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The sign of entropy indicates the direction of heat flow.

Amanda Wu 2C
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The sign of entropy is indicative of the heat flow in or out of the system. A system in which heat flows out to the surroundings will have a negative entropy whereas a system in which heat flows in from the surroundings will have a positive entropy.

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sign of entropy depends on flow of heat

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Additionally, during a process of expansion entropy increases as there are more possible states.

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Jack Papciak 2F wrote:How do I know whether the entropy has a "+" or a "-"?

It depends on the the ratio of final to initial temperature, volume, and/or pressure. You can logically think about by analyzing whether the number of microstates is increasing or decreasing, which can give an indication to what the sign should be.

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Additionally, in connection with Gibbs free energy, if the sign of the delta G is negative, the reaction is spontaneous and favorable.

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