## units conversion for entropy

Hannah Krusenoski 2L
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### units conversion for entropy

Does it matter whether the units for entropy are in J/K or kj/K?

Melodie Oh 2A
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### Re: units conversion for entropy

It doesn't really matter but usually entropy is in J/K due to the equation of S=q/T

Harrison Wang 1H
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### Re: units conversion for entropy

The only case where this would matter would be in a problem and some values are in j/k and kj/k. Here, you would convert all units to either j/k or kj/k.

Sarah Rutzick 1L
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### Re: units conversion for entropy

It doesn't matter what unit you use as long as you use the same unit for any other steps in the problem

Helen Shi 1J
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### Re: units conversion for entropy

I understand that the units for entropy is J/K, but can someone explain the reasoning behind it other than that it comes from the equation: delta S= q/T?

Scott Chin_1E
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### Re: units conversion for entropy

I think temperature is usually expressed in Kelvin as most of the conversions and constants are also expressed in Kelvin, so it makes it easier for calculations and as for Joules versus Kilojoules, q is usually found using heat capacity which is expressed in Joules.

Abigail Urbina 1K
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### Re: units conversion for entropy

Usually, the units for entropy are J/K. However, it shouldn't really matter. One thing to be mindful of, though, is keeping your units consistent throughout your calculations. Let's say you are adding up different values for entropies. You want to make sure you are adding entropies that all have units of J/K (or kJ/K, should you decide to calculate using those units).