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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Entropy Increase as Tendency: Drive and Effector

Pp. 93-96 (4)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681083933117010013

Author(s): Alberto Gianinetti


A useful definition of entropy is “a function of the system equilibration, stability, and inertness”, and the tendency to an overall increase of entropy, which is set forth by the second law of thermodynamics, should be meant as “the tendency to the most probable state”, that is, to a state having the highest equilibration, stability, and inertness that the system can reach. The tendency to entropy increase is driven by the probabilistic distributions of matter and energy and it is actualized by particle motion.


Entropy, Equilibration, Stability, Inertness, Most probable state, Spreading and sharing, Tendency.