Entropy maximization in the free expansion process



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Fernández Pineda, Cristóbal and Velasco Maíllo, Santiago (2005) Entropy maximization in the free expansion process. European Journal of Physics, 26 (4). N13-N16. ISSN 0143-0807

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/26/4/N01


The entropy maximum principle is applied to obtain the final equilibrium state in the free expansion of a perfect gas. This provides an example where the entropy of an isolated system at equilibrium has an absolute maximum which is not a local maximum.

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© 2005 IOP Publishing Ltd. SV thanks financial support by Comisión Interministerial de Ciencia y Tecnología (CICYT)
of Spain under grants BFM 2002-01225 FEDER and BFM 2003-07106 FEDER, and by Junta de CyL-FSE of Spain under grants SA080/04 and SA092/04.

Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Thermodynamics
ID Code:23636
Deposited On:22 Nov 2013 08:11
Last Modified:29 Oct 2015 14:27

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