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system reaching maximum entropy

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by andyjl, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. andyjl

    andyjl 5+ Year Member

    Apr 16, 2007
    On the kaplan flashcards (card #44) it asks

    "When does a system reach maximum entropy?"

    Answer: Maximum entropy occurs when a system is at equilibrium

    could someone explain this?
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  3. Lonely Sol

    Lonely Sol cowgoesmoo fan! 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    At equilibrium, the reactants and products are constantly interchanging therefore the activity between them is tremendously high. Since there is high activity, the disorder is also high, which basically means, entropy is the greatest at equilibrium

    Hope this helps, someone correct me if I am wrong!

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