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# Can entropy be reversed?

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As the current knowledge of science is (the laws of thermodynamic), the entropy of a closed system cannot be reversed. Entropy is not a process, but a a quantity that measures how "random" or "disordered" a system is. The Second Law of Thermodynamics says that entropy only ever increases spontaneously.

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### Can entropy be decreased?

It just says that the total entropy of the universe can never decrease. Entropy can decrease somewhere, provided it increases somewhere else by at least as much. The entropy of a system decreases only when it interacts with some other system whose entropy increases in the process. That is the law.

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### Is the entropy of the universe increasing or decreasing?

This statement is usually called the principle of entropy increase. Irreversible or spontaneous processes can occur only in that? direction for which the entropy of the universe or that of an isolated system, increases. These processes cannot occur in the direction of decreasing entropy.

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### What is the opposite of entropy?

Negentropy is reverse entropy. It means things becoming more in order. By 'order' is meant organisation, structure and function: the opposite of randomness or chaos. One example of negentropy is a star system such as the Solar System. The opposite of entropy is negentropy.

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### Can entropy decrease in a closed system?

In a closed system, available energy can never increase, so (because energy is conserved) its complement, entropy, can never decrease. A familiar demonstration of the second law is the flow of heat from hot things to cold, and never vice-versa. During this process, the entropy of the system increases.

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### What happens when entropy increases?

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If you increase temperature, you increase entropy. (1) More energy put into a system excites the molecules and the amount of random activity. (2) As a gas expands in a system, entropy increases. (3) When a solid becomes a liquid, its entropy increases.

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### What is the formula for entropy?

Entropy has the dimension of energy divided by temperature, which has a unit of joules per kelvin (J/K) in the International System of Units.

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### What are the three laws of thermodynamics?

The three laws of thermodynamics define physical quantities (temperature, energy, and entropy) that characterize thermodynamic systems at thermal equilibrium. Third law of thermodynamics: The entropy of a system approaches a constant value as the temperature approaches absolute zero.

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### What does Second Law of Thermodynamics mean?

The First Law of Thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed; the total quantity of energy in the universe stays the same. The Second Law of Thermodynamics is about the quality of energy. It states that as energy is transferred or transformed, more and more of it is wasted.

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### Why is entropy important in thermodynamics?

It is in this sense that entropy is a measure of the energy in a system that cannot be used to do work. An irreversible process degrades the performance of a thermodynamic system, designed to do work or produce cooling, and results in entropy production. The entropy generation during a reversible process is zero.

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### Does entropy mean disorder?

A measure of the unavailability of a system's energy to do work; also a measure of disorder; the higher the entropy the greater the disorder. In thermodynamics, a parameter representing the state of disorder of a system at the atomic, ionic, or molecular level; the greater the disorder the higher the entropy.

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### What happens when entropy is 0?

The entropy of a closed system, determined relative to this zero point, is then the absolute entropy of that system. The entropy of a perfect crystal lattice as defined by Nernst's theorem is zero provided that its ground state is unique, because ln(1) = 0.

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### Is the universe entropy?

The heat death of the universe, also known as the Big Chill or Big Freeze, is a conjecture on the ultimate fate of the universe, which suggests the universe would evolve to a state of no thermodynamic free energy and would therefore be unable to sustain processes that increase entropy.

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### Why Does entropy increase with time?

Entropy (arrow of time) As one goes "forward" in time, the second law of thermodynamics says, the entropy of an isolated system can increase, but not decrease. Hence, from one perspective, entropy measurement is a way of distinguishing the past from the future.

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### What is entropy in simple terms?

The entropy of an object is a measure of the amount of energy which is unavailable to do work. Entropy is also a measure of the number of possible arrangements the atoms in a system can have. In this sense, entropy is a measure of uncertainty or randomness.

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### How much entropy is in the universe?

At the moment of the Big Bang, almost all of the entropy was due to radiation, and the total entropy of the Universe was S = 1088kB.

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### Who came up with the second law of thermodynamics?

Around 1850 Rudolf Clausius and William Thomson (Kelvin) stated both the First Law - that total energy is conserved - and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The Second Law was originally formulated in terms of the fact that heat does not spontaneously flow from a colder body to a hotter.

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### Why is entropy a state function?

State functions do not depend on the path by which the system arrived at its present state. For example, internal energy, enthalpy, and entropy are state quantities because they describe quantitatively an equilibrium state of a thermodynamic system, irrespective of how the system arrived in that state.

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### Why do we need the second law of thermodynamics?

The second law of thermodynamics states that the total entropy of an isolated system can never decrease over time. In all processes that occur, including spontaneous processes, the total entropy of the system and its surroundings increases and the process is irreversible in the thermodynamic sense.

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### Is the universe a closed system?

Closed systems cannot exchange matter with the surroundings, but can exchange energy. Isolated systems can exchange neither matter nor energy with their surroundings, and as such are only theoretical and do not exist in reality (except, possibly, the entire universe).

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### Is an increase in entropy of a system sufficient to make a process spontaneous?

The second law of thermodynamics states that a process involving an isolated system will be spontaneous if the entropy of the system increases over time. In many processes, the increase in entropy of the surroundings is accomplished via heat transfer from the system to the surroundings (i.e. an exothermic process).

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### What does Entropic mean?

In physics, an entropic force acting in a system is an emergent phenomenon resulting from the entire system's statistical tendency to increase its entropy, rather than from a particular underlying force on the atomic scale. The entropic force can be considered as an emergent of the entropic interaction.

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### What is the opposite of enthalpy?

The enthalpy of condensation (or heat of condensation) is by definition equal to the enthalpy of vaporization with the opposite sign: enthalpy changes of vaporization are always positive (heat is absorbed by the substance), whereas enthalpy changes of condensation are always negative (heat is released by the substance)

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### What is Exergy analysis?

Exergy analysis is a powerful tool that allows evaluating and analyzing processes by identifying their imperfections due to thermodynamic irreversibilities.

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