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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Did the early universe violate the 2nd law of thermodynamics? [duplicate]

If the universe started out isotropic and homogenous and of all fundamental particles then how could there now be any concentration of energy anywhere? If you say that nothing is really homogenous ...
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Is entropy violated inside black holes and worm holes?

Do the laws of thermodynamics hold true everywhere in universe ? What about black holes and worm holes ?
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Entropy Change During Reversible Processes

I'm confused about the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The Second Law of Thermodynamics prohibits a decrease in the entropy of a closed system and states that the entropy is unchanged during a ...
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The statistical interpretation of Entropy

I recently got introduced to the Statistical Mechanics, particularly, the Statistical Interpretation of Entropy and am utterly confused regarding the following problem: Imagine a box with two ...
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If entropy is a state function, then why is all the talk about reversible vs. irreversible processes?

So I'm preparing for my Thermodynamics undergrad exam, and I just can't wrap my head around the significance of reversibility vs. irreversibility of a process in relation to entropy. I mean if entropy ...
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Is it possible for the entropy in an isolated system to decrease?

As far as I can tell, the concept of entropy is a purely statistical one. In my engineering thermodynamics course we were told that the second law of Thermodynamics states that "the entropy of an ...
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H-theorem and Boltzmann equation applied to Boltzmann distribution

Using the Boltzmann equation: $$ \frac{dH}{dt} = \int_0^{\infty} dr \int_0^{\infty} ds W(r,s)[p_r - p_s][\ln{p_r} - \ln{p_s}],$$ and assuming $p_r = e^{-\beta r}$, the equation looks like $$ ...
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difference between reversible and irreversible entropy

Before I proceed, let me first say I have done research and understand the general idea between the two: summed up crudely reversible happens in a slower continuous manner while irreversible happens ...
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Understanding entropy [duplicate]

I am currently doing some research on entropy and I am trying to get my head around the concept. One thing that I am getting right now is that entropy is just an application of probability and ...
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If Hawking radiation is proved to be true won't black holes lose entropy which is against laws of thermodynamics?

Hawking radiation states that black holes continuously emit radiation. But if its the case won't entropy of black holes decrease which violates the laws of heat, entropy and thermodynamics?
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Name of experiment

I'm seeking the name of or reference for an experiment I once saw in a college physics class. At the beginning of one class the instructor repeatedly wound a wiper that spread a blot of some type of ...
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Facing a difficulty in calculating thermal entropy of a massless scalar field in a d-dimensional box at temperature T

I try to calculate the thermal entropy of a massless scalar field in a box at finite temperature T. The calculation is almost mindless but I meet a math problem that I don't know how to solve. My ...
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Perpetual motion machine of the second kind possible in nano technology?

First of all sorry for my English - it is not my native language. During my engineering studies at the university the thermodynamics professor told us that the "second law of thermodynamics is not ...
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Intuitive understanding of the entropy equation

In thermodynamics, entropy is defined as $ d S = \dfrac{\delta q_{\rm }}{T}$. This definition guarantees that heat will transfer from hot to cold, which is the second law of thermodynamics. But, why ...
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Why does heat added to a system at a lower temperature cause higher entropy increase?

Entropy is defined in my book as $\Delta\ S = \frac{Q}{T}$. To derive the formula it says that entropy should be directly proportional to the heat energy as with more energy the particles would be ...
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Do the entropy of the universe and third law of thermodynamics conflict? [duplicate]

We know that our universe was in low entropy state at the earlier time after the Big bang. But we also know that the temperature at that times was enormously high. But what the third law of ...
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Does a universe experiencing “heat death” have a temperature?

As defined by Wikipedia: The heat death of the universe is a suggested ultimate fate of the universe in which the universe has diminished to a state of no thermodynamic free energy and ...
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Entropy definitions

So I have learned that entropy is the measure of disorder of a system. For the IPhO this was of course not enough as we need to be able to calculate entropy changes of ideal gases. Those equations ...
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How does the entropy of an isolated system increase?

The change of entropy is defined $$\Delta S = \int \frac{dQ_\mathrm{rev}}{T}.$$ If a system is isolated the heat transfer between the system and the surroundings is zero ($dQ = 0$), thus $\Delta S = ...
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If heat can't be transformed into other forms of entropy, why do hot things radiate electromagnetic waves?

The laws of entropy says entropy can only increase. On the other hand, if I take a hot object, it will naturally convert its heat into EM radiation. How is this possible? Does EM radiation count as ...
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The definition of entropy

As history of thermodynamics say, it was a mystery that what is the required condition for a given energy conversion to take place? Like there are two possible events each conserving energy but only ...
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Thermodynamics for Dummies: Entropy and temperature

I do not study physics and I have never had a course in thermodynamics. I have no idea what it is about, but I am currently taking a course where we had something about entropy. Would be great if ...
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Entropy and the $2^{nd}$ law of thermodynamics

I have just been introduced to the word "entropy" and as it is my understanding that it is a measure of the randomness and chaos of particles in as system. My textbook list the 2nd law of ...
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Dimensionless entropy interpretation

Measuring temperature in joules instead in the artificial units of Kelvin would render entropy as a dimensionless quantity. This is quite appealing since entropy has always been quite a misterious ...
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Integrating factor $1/T$ in 2nd Law of Thermodynamics

How would you prove that $1/T$ is the most suitable integrating factor to transform $\delta Q$ to an exact differential in the second law of thermodynamics: $$dS = \frac{\delta Q}{T}$$ Where $dS$ is ...
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Why is the entropy of most systems not infinite?

We can define a microstates as follows: Definition 1: A complete specification of the six coordinates of each molecule of a system, within the limits of the dimensions of the cell in which its ...
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What is the relationship between entropy and work? [closed]

Can someone explain the relationship between entropy and work? I've been reading my textbook and looking online but I feel like I'm missing something. Can someone explain it in layman's terms :)
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Is entropy a meaningful concept on a quantum level?

My naive assumptions, as I really am at a pretty basic stage in QM, are as follows: Classically, entropy gives us a practical measure of the direction of time, as opposed to our physical laws which, ...
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What causes a eutectic point?

What causes the melting point depression known as a eutectic point? The temperature depression of a eutectic point can be calculated from the enthaplies and entropies of fusion of the two ...
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Multiplicity vs Partition function

I'm a little confused between all the different notations for the multiplicity and partition function. They're not the same thing, are they? I know that entropy can be expressed as $ S = k \ln\Omega ...
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Luminosity and entropy of a relativistic shell

I am looking to understand more about gamma ray bursts. The review I am reading through describes in equations (111), (112) the luminosity of a relativistic plasma shell, in an inertial frame at rest ...
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Reversible cycle approximated by Carnot cycles

My textbook, W.E. Gettys, F.J. Keller, M.J. Skove, Physics 1, gives the definition of a reversible transformation as a transformation that can be inverted by effectuating only infinitesimal changes in ...
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Is lost work always positive? How to approve?

I am dealing with a question asking for comment on the sign of lost work. The case is to consider an irreversible process and a reversible process which share the same starting and ending state. Is ...
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Second Law of Thermodynamics and heating a blackbody with another blackbody

Given a large blackbody with surface area $A_1$ and temperature $T_1$, let's assume I can use some mirror and lens system to capture all the emitted radiation and transfer this energy to a smaller ...
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Black hole entropy versus entropy of normal matter

It has been established that the entropy of a black hole is equal to: $$ \frac{1}{4} \frac{c^3 A}{ G \hbar} k$$ Which if one substitutes for A the surface area of the event horizon: ...
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Is it true that all processes where entropy increases are permitted by the second law, if the system is isolated?

It is possible to deduce that in a thermodynamic process for an isolated system $\mathrm{d}S$ has to be greater than zero, from this it follows trivially that $ \Delta S > 0$. It is usually said ...
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How does entropy ensure that isolated thermal processes are 100% irreversible?

How can anyone prove that molecules in figure C will never return to their original positions in figure A? It will be more believable to say that the chance is very slim.
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How is the logarithmic correction to the entropy of a non extremal black hole derived?

I`ve just read, that for non extremal black holes, there exists a logarithmic (and other) correction(s) to the well known term proportional to the area of the horizon such that $S = \frac{A}{4G} + K ...
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Is this derivation of Black Hole entropy viable?

This question is motivated by this one. Suppose $l$ is the minimum measurable unit of length. What is entropy of a spinless particle contained in this interval? We know that entropy of a two-level ...
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Mechanism of Hawking's radiation and entropy of the black hole

During Hawking's radiation, a virtual particle with negative energy and mass (from pair of particle and antiparticle) fall into black hole and its real partner having positive energy escape from ...
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Entropy of Black Hole

What is the relation between the entropy of rotating and non rotating Black hole? Which one has greater entropy?
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Exploding planets and entropy

Say we have a planet and we blow it up to tiny pieces that gets spread out in a cloud of debris around the planets original location. This cloud of debris is analogue to a cloud of water wapor in ...
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Expression of heat by the Brownian motion

folks. I was reading a paper from PRE and I'm not sure what's going on about the following equation. So for the system composed of two heat baths governed by Brownian motion, the entropy change of the ...
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Why do reversible processes not increase the entropy of the universe infinitesimally?

The book Commonly Asked Questions in Thermodynamics states: When we refer to the passage of the system through a sequence of internal equilibrium states without the establishment of equilibrium ...
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Can higher level animals have lower entropy than the food they consume?

If there is plant source of energy 100Cal and an animal source of energy 100Cal for a human being, where the animal derived that energy from a similar plant source, can we say for sure that the animal ...
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Is Information a potential or kinetic kind of energy?

It is said that the law of least action is that nature tries to convert potential energy into kinetic one as fast as possible. Information can't be thought without a physical realisation, see here. ...
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What is the entropy of a mixed state in classical physics?

Consider a classical system which admits certain macroscopic level of description. It is known, that for two pure states $\omega_1$ and $\omega_2$ on this level of description the entropy of the ...
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Does anti-matter increase or decrease in entropy over time?

Antimatter is matter going backwards through time. From a matter-based observer does antimatter: Increase in entropy (and therefore decrease in entropy in its own time) OR Decrease in entropy ...
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Black hole entropy

Bekenstein and Hawking derived the expression for black hole entropy as, $$ S_{BH}={c^3 A\over 4 G \hbar}. $$ We know from the hindsight that entropy has statistical interpretation. It is a measure ...
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Where and how is the entropy of a black hole stored?

Where and how is the entropy of a black hole stored? Is it around the horizon? Most of the entanglement entropy across the event horizon lies within Planck distances of it and are short lived. Is ...