# AP Chemistry : Entropy

## Example Questions

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### Example Question #33 : Thermodynamics

Which of the following does not represent an increase in entropy?

Boiling water

Sublimation of CO2

Condensation of water on glass

NaCl dissolving in water

Melting of mercury

Condensation of water on glass

Explanation:

Of phases, from greatest to least entropy is gas>liquid>solid. Dissolving a salt into solution is an increase in entropy because the salt has greater space to move. The only decrease in entropy is condensation of water on glass (gas to liquid)

### Example Question #2 : Entropy

Which of the following reactions represents a negative change in entropy?

Water heating

Salt dissolving

Ice melting

None of these represent a negative change in entropy

Sublimation of dry ice

None of these represent a negative change in entropy

Explanation:

Entropy for phases are Gas>Liquid>Solid. A salt dissolving into solution has a positive entropy change (the solution becomes more chaotic). Therefore all of the listed reactions are a positive change in entropy, making E the correct answer.

### Example Question #1 : Entropy

Which of the following scenarios describes a process with a negative entropy change?

An igloo melting

A clean room becomes cluttered

Osmosis

Building a skyscraper

Building a skyscraper

Explanation:

Entropy can be thought of as the tendency for a system to become disordered, or random. Osmosis, melting ice, and a clean room becoming dirty are all examples of entropy at work. Each of these processes will occur spontaneously without the input of outside energy or work.

If you make a skyscraper, you are incorporating a series of compounds and building products into a single, distinct formation. Think of it this way: what are the odds that mother nature would spontaneously build a building? This process is very ordered, which means that entropy of the universe has decreased.

### Example Question #4 : Entropy

What is the change in entropy for the following reaction?

Explanation:

The change in entropy is calculated by:

When  cannot be measured, it can be calculated from known entropies of formation.

It is important to first balance the reaction before performing calculations. The coefficients are important in determining the change in entropy of a reaction.

### Example Question #5 : Entropy

What is the change in entropy for the following reaction?

Explanation:

The change in entropy is calculated by:

When  cannot be measured, it can be calculated from known entropies of formation.

It is important to first balance the reaction before performing calculations. The coefficients are important in determining the change in entropy of a reaction.

### Example Question #1 : Entropy

What is the change in entropy for the following reaction?

Explanation:

The change in entropy is calculated by:

When  cannot be measured, it can be calculated from known entropies of formation.

It is important to first balance the reaction before performing calculations. The coefficients are important in determining the change in entropy of a reaction.

### Example Question #1 : Entropy

What is the change in entropy for the following reaction?

Explanation:

The change in entropy is calculated by:

When  cannot be measured, it can be calculated from known entropies of formation.

It is important to first balance the reaction before performing calculations. The coefficients are important in determining the change in entropy of a reaction.

### Example Question #1 : Entropy

What is the change in entropy for the following equation?

Explanation:

The change in entropy is calculated by:

When  cannot be measured, it can be calculated from known entropies of formation.

It is important to first balance the reaction before performing calculations. The coefficients are important in determining the change in entropy of a reaction.

### Example Question #9 : Entropy

What is the entropy for the following reaction?

Explanation:

The change in entropy is calculated by:

When  cannot be measured, it can be calculated from known entropies of formation.

It is important to first balance the reaction before performing calculations. The coefficients are important in determining the change in entropy of a reaction.

### Example Question #2 : Entropy

Which reaction will result in a negative entropy?