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Metaphors for entropy

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There are many different definitions and metaphors for entropy. To name just a few examples, entropy can be described in terms of: microstates; irreversibility; disorder; heat transfer (ΔQ/); energy spreading; information; useful work. Choose a physical system or process (either from this class or not), and use two different definitions/metaphors for entropy to describe what’s happening in this system/process. Then explain how these two descriptions are consistent with each other. Note: This is an essay question. Your answer will be judged not solely on its correctness, but for its depth, coherence, and clarity. 


Ben Dreyfus 3/24/16

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