A important property of all systems in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Entropy characterizes the degree to which the energy of the system is *not* available to do useful work

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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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Second Law of Thermodynamics and the Arrow of Time: Why isn't time considered fundamental?

I've come across this explanation that the "arrow of time" is a consequence of the second law of thermodynamics, which says that the entropy of an isolated system is always increasing. The argument is ...
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Has anyone ever tried to formulate physics based on computer science or information processing?

Some physicists and university researchers say it's possible to test the theory that our entire universe exists inside a computer simulation, like in the 1999 film "The Matrix." In 2003, University ...
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2nd law of thermodynamics - thought experiment

I have designed this simple thought experiment that seems to contradict 2nd law of thermodynamics. Could you please find a mistake in my reasoning? ...
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Ideal chain / entropic spring - what is the *microscopic* force?

The ideal chain is the classic example of an entropic force. Usually one derives this force from the fundamental relation describing forces in the canonical ensemble: $$ \tag 1 F = (\partial \langle E ...
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Question on Thermodynamics andThe bigbang theory [on hold]

The third law of Thermodynamics states that 'the entropy of a perfectly crystalline substance at absolute zero is null' When you consider the state of the universe before the bigbang which holds ...
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Does a closed system with fixed entropy imply an isolated system?

Just first to clarify, my university notation is $$\text{change in entropy} = \text{entropy flow} + \text{internal production of entropy}$$ I am confused with the term fixed entropy. Does that mean ...
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Why the non-analyticity of free energy function implies phase transition? And what's its connection with other 'higher level' free energies?

I have seen 'free energy' arising from several contexts in very different forms, and each contains different amount of information. For example free energy is defined as the logarithm of the ...
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Probability of spontaneous Boltzmann brain formation

I was reading through: http://www.scottaaronson.com/papers/giqtm3.pdf But I can't make sense of page 61 discussing Boltzmann brains. Specifically the fact that it says: But the problem is worse. ...
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Is the second law of Thermodynamics an immense tautology?

Let's imagine for a second a system that is changing constantly from one microstate to another one. It could be a given volume of a gas with its atoms moving and bouncing around, or a deck of cards ...
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Second law of thermodynamics (in terms of entropy)

Is the second law of thermodynamics (in terms of entropy) for closed systems or isolated systems? I thought it must be valid for isolated systems, such as the Universe. But the book Fundamentals of ...
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Is entropy absolute (as in absolute temperature)?

Following this question on the Entropy at the Big Bang where I asked: Since Entropy always increases (in general); its expected that the entropy at the beginning of the universe should be the ...
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Derive the Sackur-Tetrode equation

How do you derive the Sackur-Tetrode equation? I know that you must start off with the multiplicity of a mono-atomic ideal gas: ...
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How does my car's remote keep running?

Two years ago, I got a new car. It comes with a wireless remote that provides keyless ignition and can unlock and lock doors at the press of a button. Just recently, I read somewhere (unfortunately ...
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Entropy / Structure Relations

I want to check on the validity of the following objective definition of order. Is it correct? Is there a more rigorous statement of this concept? The further a system is from its maximum ...
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Does the second law of thermodynamics take into consideration of attractive interactions between particles?

If one searches Google or textbooks on 2nd Law of Thermodnamics, one usually finds a statement that is either equivalent or implies the following. The entropy of the universe always increases. But ...
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Entropy - Gas Inside A Closed System Reaches Maximum Entropy

Filling a box with a certain amount of gas with a specific total energy and allowing the gas to reach a maximum entropy state, what happens next? Would the gas remain in a maximum entropy state ...
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Entropy Change in an irreversible process

I have just started learning thermodynamics and the concept of entropy confuses me. Suppose I have a gas in a cylindrical container fitted with a piston. I take it through an adiabatic irreversible ...
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Entropy: Disorder or energy dispersal?

The first definition of entropy given by Clausius is I believe this $$S=Q/T$$ It is as I understand a common fact to understand entropy and maybe often teach it as a measure of disorder through the ...
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Integrating entropy on an arbitrary boundary [migrated]

Entropy, denoted as H, is: $$ H = -\int_a^b p\ln(p) dx $$ where the range a to b is some arbitrary boundary and where p is given by the classic: $$ p(x) = ...
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Arrow of time and entropy?

The arrow of time is usually defined by the direction in which entropy increases. In a closed system, if there's a max entropy that the system can reach, does that mean time stops or at least become ...
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Definition of Entropy in thermodynamics

In most textbooks, the definition of entropy in reversible processes on a system $S$ is given simply as $$d S=\delta Q/T.$$ It seems to me this definition is insufficient since it does not specify ...
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For an isolated system, can the entropy decrease or increase?

In any sizable system, the number of equilibrium states are much, much greater then the number of non-equilibrium states. Since each accessible micro state is equally probably, it is overwhelmingly ...
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Mass, energy, and entropy.

I have a seemingly simple question about the relation between these three that for some reason doesn't make sense to me. If entropy is the disorder of a system, then a low entropy state is one of ...
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Entropy of loops in the PV plane

The change in entropy of the Carnot and reversible cycles is said to be 0. Several other loops are supposed to have a non-negative change in entropy. This presents 2 problems which I cannot ...
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Difficulties with understanding total entropy change and unavailabillty

Of course, I know the fact that the entropy of an isolated system never decreases. Neverthless what makes me confused about the entropy(or change of entropy) of an isolated system is the explanation ...
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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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Unmixing of gases: What is the relevant temperature for my Entropy?

This answer to a question about unmixing gases states: However, let us now assume we have to hand a source of mechanical work, and a large heat reservoir at temperature $T$. I'll assume that ...
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Change in entropy of the Universe for charging/discharging a capacitor

I just need to know what exactly happens when charging/discharging a capacitor. Is there any heat transfer between the capacitor and the surroundings? Is there a heat transfer between other parts of ...
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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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How does Landauer's Principle apply in quantum (and generally reversible) computing

I understand that a reversible computer does not dissipate heat through the Landauer's principle whilst running - the memory state at all times is a bijective function of the state at any other time. ...
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Specific heat ratio range [closed]

I know that the specific heat ratio, $\gamma$, exists in the range $1 <\gamma< 2$, and I am required to demonstrate a proof of this. I have come across the following proof (but I don't really ...
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Can Black Holes Maintain Data Entropy When Formed By a Data Storage System?

It's been shown that black holes don't destroy information. There's a little-known scenario in computer science (Specifically AI) where an advanced civilization creates an artificial intelligence that ...
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Entropy $S$ for canonical (NVT) and isobaric (NPT) ensemble

In case of non-isolates system (NVT or NPT ensemble), I learned I can calculate the entropy, $$S=-k_B\sum_jp_j\ln(p_j)$$ where $p_j$=probability at $j$ state. but I saw that the entropy is also ...
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How can it be that the beginning universe had a high temperature and a low entropy at the same time?

The Big Bang theory assumes that our universe started from a very/infinitely dense and extremely/infinitely hot state. But on the other side, it is often claimed that our universe must have been ...
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Entropy change in an irreversible process between 2 equilibrium state

Calculating entropy change in an irreversible process between 2 states requires computing the change in entropy for any reversible process between the 2 same states, but why? If someone could provide ...
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Do some of the laws of Thermodynamics break down in Quantum Mechanics?

I do not know if this is a stupid question as i am not an expert in thermodynamics and certainly no expert in QM. So,we know that the laws of thermodynamics are laws based on statistics.thus require ...
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Why did the universe have a low entropy at the big bang?

Sean Carroll, in his book "From Eternity to Here", asks the following question. Why did the universe have a low entropy at the big bang? in John Cramer version of the Wheeler - Feynman absorber ...
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Is it possible to calculate the information content of matter? How?

I know the Bekestein bound is the upper bound for the information content of a region of space, but is it possible to actually calculate that information content (number of bits, not the bits ...
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getting frm micro to macro entropy problem

For an ideal gas entropy forvolume change from micro to macro can be rewritten as: $S=k\ln W$ $\Delta S= S_2-S_1=k\ln W_2-k\ln W_1=k \ln\frac{W_2}{W_1} $ since we are constrained from derivation ...
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What is the gas entropy as a functional of a one-particle distribution function?

There are some discrepancies on how to introduce entropy in classical kinetic theory. In what follows $f(r,p,t)$ is the usual one-particle distribution function of a monatomic gas, normalised to the ...
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What is time, with respect to universe? [closed]

I want to know what is actually time, not like the measurable quantity. But with some scientific terms Someone said that "time is entropy". Is that true? also what makes time unique?
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Black Hole Entropy Calculation

I was watching "Leonard Susskind on The World As Hologram" ( youtube ). At one point he describes the way Bekenstein calculates the entropy of a black hole. Paraphrasing: Take a minimally sized black ...
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Why is the change in entropy for a given energy input dependent on the temperature?

In my thermodinamics class, we saw that $$dS=\frac{dQ}{T}$$ and $$\Delta S=\int_{a}^{b}\frac{dQ}{T}$$ My question is: why for the same energy input $dQ$ the entropy increases more in lower ...
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Setting constants equal to 1 conditions

I have the following expression for the entropy of an ideal gas in a microcanonical ensemble, $$S=Nk_B\ln \left[ \frac{Ve}{N}\left(\frac{4\pi m e E}{3Nh_0^2}\right)\right] $$ Ideally I would like to ...
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Why is adiabatic process isentropic?

I have read that adiabatic process is isentropic because there is no heat exchange in an adiabatic process and thus no change in entropy. But my question is - Even in adiabatic process, work can be ...
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(No need of 2nd law) Adiabatic and isothermal compressibility relation with specific heat

One classical example of thermodynamics is the relation between the Adiabatic and Isothermal Compressibility Relation with the Specific Heats: Compressibilities: ...
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Does a magnetic field decrease or increase entropy?

My question is just the title: Does a magnetic field decrease or increase the entropy of a system? For example if we apply a magnetic filed to a substance, is the entropy decreased or increased?
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Laplace's demon and spontaneous symmetry breaking

One interpretation of Quantum mechanics is the hidden variable theory. This suggests that if we were to have a complete knowledge of the system at one time then the future states of the system are ...
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Entropy - does Heat Death occur in a closed system

Does heat death occur in a closed system? (Assuming you can theoretically have some sort of "closed system".