High School Physics : Understanding Entropy

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Understanding Entropy

Entropy is a measure of __________.

Possible Answers:

specific heat


energy within the system

disorder within the system

change in heat

Correct answer:

disorder within the system


Entropy is the measurement of disorder within a system, or how far it is from thermal equilibrium. Remember that everything in nature tends towards an equilibrium. The further from that equilibrium something is, the more "disordered" it is when compared to nature's preferred state.

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