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Explain how water’s entropy can decrease when it freezes

College Physics | 1st Edition | ISBN: 9781938168000 | Authors: Paul Peter Urone, Roger Hinrichs ISBN: 9781938168000 42

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Problem 31CQ

Problem 31CQ

Explain how water’s entropy can decrease when it freezes without violating the second law of thermodynamics. Specifically, explain what happens to the entropy of its surroundings.

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As per the second law of thermodynamics, every process is associated with an overall increase in entropy of the universe. The system and the surroundings

When the process of water freezing takes place, the movement of the molecules of water is restricted to a lesser value (since the movement of molecules is lesser in solids compared to that in liquids) or in other terms, the entropy of the system, the considered amount of water, falls.

From the second law of thermodynamics, this fall must be associated with a rise in entropy of the surroundings so that the total change in entropy is greater than zero.

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Chapter 15, Problem 31CQ is Solved
Textbook: College Physics
Edition: 1
Author: Paul Peter Urone, Roger Hinrichs
ISBN: 9781938168000

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