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Entropy: An ill-conceived mathematical contrivance?

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Entropy remains a part of so many thermodynamics relations, yet its true identity lacks clarity. We shall show that entropy may be nothing more than a mathematical contrivance, one that is illogically used to explain too many phenomena. In so doing, we shall question many traditional thermodynamic conceptualizations, as well as provide a unique understanding as to how Boltzmann's constant relates to a system's ability to do work.
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Keywords: Ability; Boltzmann's Constant; Disorder; Enthalpy; Entropy; Ideal Gas Law; Lost Work; Second Law

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 6, 2015

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  • Physics Essays has been established as an international journal dedicated to theoretical and experimental aspects of fundamental problems in Physics and, generally, to the advancement of basic knowledge of Physics. The Journal's mandate is to publish rigorous and methodological examinations of past, current, and advanced concepts, methods and results in physics research. Physics Essays dedicates itself to the publication of stimulating exploratory, and original papers in a variety of physics disciplines, such as spectroscopy, quantum mechanics, particle physics, electromagnetic theory, astrophysics, space physics, mathematical methods in physics, plasma physics, philosophical aspects of physics, chemical physics, and relativity.
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