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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From Nature’s Tendency To Statistical Mechanics

Pp. 56-60 (5)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681083933117010010

Author(s): Alberto Gianinetti


Some processes happen spontaneously. What, at a macroscopic level, appears as a nature’s tendency, is an effect of the complex statistical behaviour of the microscopic particles: their overall net effect emerges at the macroscopic level as a spontaneous force that determines if and how a system can spontaneously change, and if and toward which direction a process is therefore started.


Canonical ensemble, Canonical partition function, Crossproduct, Momentum partition function, Phase space, Positional partition function, System configuration, Tendency.