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What makes entropy a state function?

What makes entropy a state function?


School: George Washington University
Department: Chemistry
Course: General Chemistry II
Professor: J kostal
Term: Fall 2015
Tags: Chemistry
Cost: 25
Name: CHEM 1112: Week 4
Description: These notes cover classes from February 2-4.
Uploaded: 02/08/2016
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CHEM 1112

What makes entropy a state function?

Dr. Martín Zysmilich

Class Notes for February 2-4

Entropy (February 2)

∙ Units of enthalpy: kJ/mol

Units of entropy: J/K∙mol

∙ 3rd Law of Thermodynamics: the entropy of a perfect crystal of any substance at 0 K is equal to 0 o All molecules in the system have a fixed position; only one possible arrangement o Also, all molecules are in the lowest energy state possible: no translational or rotational  energy (no kinetic energy) and lowest possible vibrational energy

o Increased temperature increases entropy; therefore, entropy has an absolute value because it can be compared to the absolute value of 0 at 0 K

▪ Enthalpy does not have to be expressed as ΔS like enthalpy must be expressed  as ΔH

What are the trends in entropy?

∙ Entropy at 1 atm = standard entropy (S°)

o Entropy is a state function, so Hess’s Law can be applied to entropy as well as enthalpy o Molecular complexity increases entropy (more ways of movement and more ways to  store energy in more complex molecules)

∙ Trends in Entropy

o S°gas > S°liquid > S°solid

o S° increases with molar mass

o S° increases with molecular complexity

∙ ΔS° (change in entropy) for a chemical reaction:

aA + bB → cC + dD

ΔS° = enthalpy of products – enthalpy of reactants

What is the process for computing for the second law of thermodynamics?

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 = (cS°C + dS°D) – (aS°A + bS°B)


Calculate the enthalpy change for the reaction of formation of water  a) as a gas.

 H2 (g) + ½O2 (g) → H2O(g)

 ΔS° = S°products – S°reactants

 = S°H2O (g) – (S°H2 (g) + ½S°O2 (g))


S°H2 (g) = 130.6 J/K∙mol S°O2 (g) = 205.0 J/K∙mol S°H2O (g) = 188.8 J/K∙mol S°H2O (l) = 69.9 J/K∙mol

 = 188.8 J/K∙mol – (130.6 J/K∙mol + ½(205.0 J/K∙mol)) = -44.3 J/K∙mol  b) as a liquid.

 H2 (g) + ½O2 (g) → H2O(l)

 ΔS° = S°products – S°reactants

 = S°H2O (l) – (S°H2 (g) + ½S°O2 (g))

 = 69.9 J/K∙mol – (130.6 J/K∙mol + ½(205.0 J/K∙mol)) = -163.2 J/K∙mol ∙ Predicting the Sign of ΔS°sys Don't forget about the age old question of Which agreement officially ended the thirty years war?

o Processes that lead to increased entropy:  

▪ Melting

▪ Vaporization

▪ Sublimation

▪ Temperature increase

▪ Reaction resulting in a greater number of gas molecules


Determine the sign of ΔS°sys:

 a) decomposition of KClO3 (s) to give K2O(s), Cl2 (g), and O2 (g)

 KClO3 (s)→ K2O(s) + Cl2 (g) + O2 (g)

 creation of gas molecules: ΔS°sys > 0

 b) condensation of water vapor on a cold surface

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 condensation goes to a more ordered system: ΔS°sys < 0

 c) reaction of NH3 (g) and HCl(g) to give NH4Cl(s)

 NH3 (g) + HCl(g) → NH4Cl(s)

 less gas molecules in products: ΔS°sys < 0

∙ Change in entropy of a system is not enough to predict spontaneity of a process: condensation  of water has negative entropy but we know it is spontaneous If you want to learn more check out What are the two pathways of photosynthesis?

o Spontaneity depends on ΔS of the universe, which in total increases in entropy o Universe = system + surroundings If you want to learn more check out Enumerate the types of unemployed people.

o Therefore, the entropy of both the system and the surroundings are needed to  determine the spontaneity of a process

∙ Calculating ΔSsurr

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o If the system is losing heat (exothermic), the surroundings absorb that heat  (endothermic) and vice versa, which is the reason for the negative sign

o At low temperatures, increase in temperature greatly increases the energy of the  system

o At higher temperature, adding energy doesn’t change the energy of the system quite as  much because the distribution of energy among molecules is more broad at higher  temperatures

∙ 2nd Law of Thermodynamics: ΔSuniv > 0 for spontaneous processes

 ΔSuniv = ΔSsys + ΔSsurr

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 –TΔSuniv = –TΔSsys + ΔHsys


 ΔG = ΔH – TΔS

∙ ΔG = Gibbs Free Energy (state function)

o ΔG < 0 for a spontaneous process

o ΔG > 0 for a nonspontaneous process

o ΔG = 0 for an equilibrium process

∙ Under standard conditions:

 ΔG° = ΔH° – TΔS°

∙ How temperature affects the sign of ΔG:






Spontaneous at high temperatures



Spontaneous at low temperatures



Never spontaneous at any temperature



Always spontaneous at any temperature

∙ Calculating ΔG°rxn:

ΔG°rxn = Σ(ΔG°products) – Σ(ΔG°reactants)


Is this reaction spontaneous at 200°C under standard conditions? If yes, at what temperature  does it become nonspontaneous? If no, at what temperature does it become spontaneous?

CaCO3 (s) → CaO(s) + CO2 (g)Given:

CO2 (g)

CaO (s)

CaCO3 (s)





S° (J/K-mol)




200°C = 473 K

ΔG°rxn = (ΔH° – TΔS°products) – (ΔH° – TΔS°reactants)

 = [(-393.5 kJ/mol – 635.6 kJ/mol) – 473 K (213.6 J/K-mol + 39.8 J/K-mol)]   – [-1206.9 kJ/mol – 473 K (92.9 J/K-mol)]

 = (-1029 kJ/mol – 119.9 kJ/mol) – (-1207 kJ/mol – 43.94 kJ/mol)  = -1149 kJ/mol + 1251 kJ/mol = 101.9 kJ/mol

ΔG°rxn > 0, therefore the process is nonspontaneous at 200°C

It changes to spontaneous at ΔG°rxn = ΔH° – TΔS° = 0

 ΔH° = TΔS°

 T = ΔH° 


T = (−393.5 kJ/mol – 635.6 kJ/mol) – (−1206.9 kJ/mol) 

(39.8J/K−mol +213.6J/K−mol)−92.9J/K−mol = 1108 K = 835°C

The class on February 4 was a TA-led review session for the exam.

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