An Account of Thermodynamic Entropy

From Nature’s Tendency To Statistical Mechanics

Author(s): Alberto Gianinetti

Pp: 56-60 (5)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681083933117010010

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Some processes happen spontaneously. What, at a macroscopic level, appears as a nature’s tendency, is an effect of the complex statistical behaviour of the microscopic particles: their overall net effect emerges at the macroscopic level as a spontaneous force that determines if and how a system can spontaneously change, and if and toward which direction a process is therefore started.

Keywords: Canonical ensemble, Canonical partition function, Crossproduct, Momentum partition function, Phase space, Positional partition function, System configuration, Tendency.

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