Gibbs' Paradox and the Definition of Entropy

  title={Gibbs' Paradox and the Definition of Entropy},
  author={Robert H. Swendsen},
  • R. Swendsen
  • Published 20 March 2008
  • Physics, Computer Science
  • Entropy
Abstract: Gibbs’ Paradox is shown to arise from an incorrect traditional definition of theentropy that has unfortunately become entrenched in physics textbooks. Among its flaws, thetraditional definition predicts a violation of the second law of thermodynamics when appliedto colloids. By adopting Boltzmann’s definition of the entropy, the violation of the second lawis eliminated, the properties of colloids are correctly predicted, and Gibbs’ Paradox vanishes.Keywords: Gibbs’ Paradox, entropy… 
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