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Entropy Formula

 

A large element of chance is inherited in the natural processes. For example, the spacing between trees is a random natural process. Likewise, falling of tree leaves on the ground with the random arrangement is also a random process. Entropy is the measure of disorders or randomness of the particular system. Since it depends on the initial and final state of the system, the absolute value of entropy cannot be determined. You need to consider the difference between initial and final state to determine the change in entropy.

The change in Entropy Formula is expressed as

Entropy_Formula

According to thermodynamic definition, entropy is based on change in entropy (ds) during physical or chemical changes and expressed as

 

                                                                    Entropy_Formula

For change to be measurable between initial and final state, the integrated expression is

Entropy_Formula                                         

The units for entropy is calories per degree or Cal deg-1. Molar Entropy is  written in joules per kelvin per mole (JK-1mol-1)

 

Example 1

 

Determine the entropy change per mole for ice which melts at 0oC. Note that the change in enthalpy is equal to the heat supplied to the system at constant pressure. ΔH (fusion) = +6.01Kj/mol

 

Solution

 

The equation can be expressed as

 

H2O(s) —> H2O(l)

 

ΔH (fusion) = +6.01Kj/mol

You can use the equation

Entropy_Formula

 

 

 

ΔS = 6010 J Mol-1/273K

= +22.0 JK-1mol-1

 

Example 2

 

Determine ΔS for synthesis of ammonia at 25oc.

N2 + 3H2 —> 2NH3

ΔH = -92.6kJ/mol

 

Solution

 

We can use the formula

Entropy_Formula

 

 

ΔS = 2(NH3) – [S(N2) + 3S(H2)]

ΔS = (2)(192.5 JK-1mol-1) – [191.6JK-1mol-1 + (3)(130.6 JK-1mol-1)]

ΔS = -198.4 JK-1mol-1