An Account of Thermodynamic Entropy

An Account of Thermodynamic Entropy

The second law of thermodynamics is an example of the fundamental laws that govern our universe and is relevant to every branch of science exploring the physical world. This reference summarizes ...
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Instances of Entropy Change

Pp. 131-139 (9)

Alberto Gianinetti

Abstract

Entropy is maximal at equilibrium. According to the fundamental equation this demands that there is equilibration for every specific interaction term, namely, thermal, mechanical, diffusive, and others. Relevant exemplifications are illustrated for a number of important processes.

Keywords:

Chemical potential, Concentration, Diffusive interactions, Earth’s life, Electron transport chain, Energy sharing, Equilibration, Hurricane heat engine, Intermolecular potential energy, Katabatic wind, Mechanical interactions, Mixability, Mixtures, Potential wells, Snowflakes, Thermal interactions.

Affiliation:

Council for Agricultural Research and Economics Genomics Research Centre, via San Protaso 302, 29017 Fiorenzuola d`Arda Italy.