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Friday, September 28, 2018


We know that on increasing the entropy of a pure crystalline substance increases because molecular motion increases with increase of temperature and decreases on decreasing temperature. Or we can say that the entropy of a perfectly crystalline solid approaches zero as the absolute zero of temperature is approached. Which means that at absolute zero every crystalline solid is in a state of perfect order and its entropy should be zero. This is third law of thermodynamics.

We can calculate absolute value of entropy of any substance in any state (solid ,liquid, gas) at any temperature by calculating dS for the processes in going from the initial state to the state of the substance for which entropy is to be calculated.

EXAMPLE: Find the entropy of change when 90 g of H2O at 10C was converted into steam at 100C.( Given Cp(H2O)=75.29 JK-1 and dHVap=43.932 k JK-1  mol-1)


EXAMPLE:  Calculate dG for
 (i) H2O (l, 1 atm, 300 K ) ------à H2O (g, 1 atm, 300 K)
 (ii) H2O (l, 2 atm, 373 K ) -----à H2O (g, 2 atm, 373 K)
 Given: dH373 = 40 kJ ; CP(H2O,l)= 75 J / mol /K ; CP(H2O,g) = 35 J / mol / K


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