A important extensive property of all systems in thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and information theory, quantifying their disorder (randomness), i.e., our lack of information about them. It characterizes the degree to which the energy of the system is *not* available to do useful work.

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The calculation of the entropy of a single atom

I used to think that the entropy of a single atom could not be calculated, for in my mind only the entropy of a system containing many atoms could be calculated. But my professor told me the entropy ...
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If Black holes are maximal entropy how can they evaporate?

According to Hawking/Bekenstein a black hole represents the highest amount of entropy for a given volume, (actually the entropy is related to the surface area of the black hole but the fact that they ...
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Entropy always increases in a closed system - what if the universe is open?

An interesting question I was asked: Entropy always increases in a closed system - what if the universe is open? Does that mean that entropy can decrease in such a system? Of course, I think there is ...
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Gravitational entropy [duplicate]

In the beginning (big bang), mass was evenly distributed (if you consider an elementary particle as an extended object, like a circle on a very thin cylinder, with a radius near the Planck length, but ...
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What ds>dQ/T mean?

I read the derivation on page 216 over here: https://www3.nd.edu/~powers/ame.20231/notes.pdf First it considers an irreversible process between state 1 and 2 followed by a reversible process between ...
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Entropy for $N$ number of particles [closed]

If there are $N$ number of non-interacting and distinguishable particles which have either Energy $E_1$ or $E_2$ , then a. What will be the entropy $S(n)$ for such system? ($n$ is the number ...
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Increase in entropy principle

If we consider a system to undergo an irreversible process from state 1 to state 2 and a reversible process from state 2 to state 1, then through Clausius inequality $\int_{1}^{2} \frac{\delta ...
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Extensiveness of entropy in classical microcanonical ensemble

In introducing microcanonical ensemble of classical statistical mechanics one pretty much starts by postulating that entropy of the system has the form $S(V,E) = k \log \Gamma(V,E)$, where $\Gamma$ ...
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Can the second law of thermodynamics be violated in a small enough system if tried repeatedly enough?

Second law of thermodynamics is observed in the universe because statistics favors it, right? And in large enough system this statistical tendency becomes certainty. Does it also mean that negative ...
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What processes create or destroy information?

From a classical standpoint, it seems pretty clear that information can be easily lost. If you knock over a bookshelf and the books fall out, it seems like their initial order on the shelf cannot be ...
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Einstein's equation of Entropy in Brownian Motion paper [closed]

In this paper by Einstein "INVESTIGATIONS ON THE THEORY .OF ,THE BROWNIAN MOVEMENT", section 2 states the equation for Entropy [Eqn. (3)]. There is no explanation of how this equation is derived (or ...
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Why does hot water gets cooler on stirring instead it should have gotten hotter

When we keep on stirring hot water vigorously it starts getting cooler. But we are increasing the random kinetic energy of the molecules of water. Heat is as it is the energy of RANDOM motion of ...
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Is there a way to prove information entropy?

Information entropy is a very general term involving everything from the tendency of material to decay (in all the 3 meanings) to the fact that you need energy to sort your books alphabetically. ...
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Why is heat transfer reversible when temperature difference is infinitesimal?

I don't understand why heat transfer from hot reservoir to the system is considered reversible in this case: $T_{reservoir}$ = $T_{system}$ + dT but it's considered irreversible in this case: ...
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Is perfectly diffuse reflection entropy maximizing?

Suppose that I shine light on a surface and none of it will be absorbed or transmitted, and the spectrum doesn't change (so that all that's left to determine is the power reflected from the surface as ...
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Why don't we observe spontaneous symmetry restoration in nature?

Why do we always observe spontaneous symmetry breaking in nature and not restoration? Does there exist some argument with the 2nd law of thermodynamics and the entropy of the universe increasing? If ...
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If an object has a temperature, does it have to radiate?

I'm reading through a powerpoint presentation about Hawking Radiation (HR). They are explaining all of the reasons that built up to the postulate of HR, and one of the reasons is that if there is a ...
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Entropy and vacuums

If I have a vacuum (completely devoid of any particles; Q.M. effects aside), then turn a nozzle and let a gas freely expand into the vacuum, will I have increased the entropy of the vacuum? I get ...
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Why can't an ocean liner be powered by an engine that takes heat from the ocean water and eject ice cubes?

The following excerpt comes from the physics textbook Understanding Physics, by David Cassidy, Gerald Holton, and James Rutherford: A ball lying on the floor will not somehow gather energy from ...
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Holevo Information and Quantum Mutual Information

This question is about the difference between Quantum Mutual Information and Holevo Information of quantum channels. From http://arxiv.org/pdf/1004.2495.pdf equation 7 we know that the sum of quantum ...
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Why is entropy an extensive quantity?

If we have two identical isolated macroscopic systems both with energy $E$. The number of accessible states of each of them is $\Omega(E)$ and hence the entropy is $\ln\Omega(E)$. Now if we put them ...
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A relationship between entropy and temperature

I tried deriving a formula relating entropy (not change in entropy, but entropy itself) to temperature. I’ve only seen two equations really relating to entropy thus far, and only one of them includes ...
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What are the phenomena responsible for irreversible increase in entropy?

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20140416-times-arrow-traced-to-quantum-source This article says that entanglement drives the arrow of time of increasing entropy towards thermodynamic equilibrium: ...
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Is there any useful sense in which entropy fluctuates?

One of the classic distinctions between young Boltzmann and old Boltzmann was his view on entropy. Young Boltzmann had his H-theorem where a mechanical quantity H was supposed to represent entropy. ...
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Does electricity have an associated entropy?

One can certainly measure entropy changes associated with the generation of electricity, but does electricity itself have an associated entropy (maybe related to voltage, current etc.)?
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Replica trick for calculating Entanglement Entropy?

This is probably a simple question. Von Neumann entropy is defined to be $$S_A=-tr_A\rho_A \log\rho_A$$. And it's said that it can be calculate from the "Replica trick": $$S_A=\lim_{n\to 1}\frac{tr_A ...
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About the holographic principle

I read at a book this quote "As the degrees of freedom of a particle are the product of all the degrees of freedom of its sub-particles, were a particle to have infinite subdivisions into ...
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Estimation of an Entropic Path Integral

I'm trying to reproduce some results from a paper (http://www.alexwg.org/publications/PhysRevLett_110-168702.pdf for reference) and basically I need a way of estimating a particular path integral ...
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Entropy generation during irreversible adiabatic expansion

During irreversible adiabatic expansion entropy is generated. It means that the gas expands to as greater volume than that during reversible adiabatic expansion for the same change in pressure. How ...
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entropy changes in common processes?

Can you point me please to a reference that will explain what the entropy undergoes (increase, decrease, etc) in common thermodynamic cycle processes, like adiabatic, isobaric, isochoric, etc?
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Would it be possible that a broken glass can return to its original state spontaneous at 0K?

my teacher said that a broken glass can't fix itself spontaneous because of the second law of thermodynamics, entropy won't decrease in a isolated system. But when the temperature is at 0k, then ...
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Is entropy decreased in this scenario?

I heard one possible definition of entropy $S$ is the number of possible configurations of microscopic variables that satisfy macroscopic variables such as volume and pressure. Suppose I have a box ...
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Is this thought experiment violating the the Second Law of Thermodynamics?

There is an adiabatic box, with a board in the middle, which is adiabatic too.The board separates the box into two parts and there is a small hole in it, which is close to a coil and the hole has a ...
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Entropy and gravity

Entropy, at an intuitive level, is often described as a general level of disorder within a system. For example, I have a gas in a container divided in two areas by a divider, the gas all on one side. ...
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What is more important, energy or entropy? [closed]

What decides if something will change or remain the same? Energy or entropy considerations?
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Why is entropy of system same for reversible and irreversible processes? [closed]

I read that entropy change of universe is zero in a reversible process but positive in a irreversible process,then doesn't it mean that entropy change of system of both the processes must be ...
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Is the pressure-gradient force an entropic force?

A gas flows from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure when there are no other forces preventing it. From a macrosopic perspective you have to infer that an underlying force is ...
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Free expansion of an ideal gas

I am having trouble understanding the transient phase of an ideal gas expanding into vacuum. Firstly, the pressure of any gas is defined only when there is an instrument (barometer/ wall/ piston) ...
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What has more randomness? [closed]

Four particles in a line or along a square, which has higher entropy? Just for a minute question. × × × × × × × ×
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What is the relation between Clausius and Kelvin-Planck statement?

What is the relation between Clausius and Kelvin-Planck statement? In second law of thermodynamics, it is said that these two statement are equivalent and inverse to each other. Violation of one ...
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Ice and water mixed and entropy

In any introductory book, everybody has atleast done these type of questions where water at a high temp is mixed with ice and final temp and mass is asked with the understanding that zeroth law define ...
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Entropy change in a boiling egg

Yesterday in a rather intuitive Q/A session, by a visiting researcher in my town, this question got my attention.What he said was that if you boil an egg, the entropy inside the egg would increase.Now ...
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What is meant by a “change in volume of a system”?

I keep getting confused when my professor talks about the change in volume of a system. Sometimes it seems as though he's talking about the volume of the gas and at other times he might be talking ...
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Calculate the change in entropy of superheated water [closed]

1 mole of superheated water at 110 degrees Celsius and 1atm is evaporated to a vapour at the same temperature. Find the change in entropy given that i) In the pressure range from 1atm to 1.4atm the ...
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A hypothetical equation of state that violates second law of thermodynamics

Suppose for a gas I guess an equation of state in the form $f(P,V,T)=0$. Is it possible that this hypothetical equation of state turns out to violate the second law of thermodynamics. A simple example ...
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If for an isolated system, $\Delta$U is 0, then what is $\Delta$S?

My textbook answers this question as $\Delta$S > 0 but I really don't know why. If system is isolated, then dQ = 0 i.e. S = 0. (S = dQ/T). I don't really get why question has provided an additional ...
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Change in entropy of two isolated systems merged into one system

From Statistical Physics, 2nd Edition by F. Mandl: Two vessels contain the same number $N$ molecules of the same perfect gas. Initially the two vessels are isolated from each other, the gases ...
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How to understand better this point of view on entropy?

On the book "Applied Differential Geometry" by William Burke we see a discussion about thermodynamics in which the following is said: A thermodynamic system is a homogeneous assembly that includes ...
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Can a coffee cup really jump off the table?

I've been reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb's book The Black Swan which largely concerns the uncertainty of social and economic systems (and the futility of predicting outcome); the Black Swan being the ...
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Does inflation violate the second law of thermodynamics?

Does inflation violate the second law of thermodynamics? It seems like it would, since quantum fluctuations were scaled up and created the varying density field that lead to Galaxy formation. ...