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Unformatted text preview: energy). Therefore, the entropy of a pure crystalline substance at absolute zero temperature is zero since there is no uncertainty about the state of the molecules at that instant (Fig. 7–25). This statement is known as the third law of thermodynamics. The third law of thermodynamics provides an absolute reference point for the determination of entropy. The entropy determined relative to this point is called absolute entropy, and it is extremely useful in the thermodynamic analysis of chemical reactions. Notice that the entropy of a substance that is not pure crystalline (such as a solid solution) is not zero at absolute zero temperature. This is because more than one molecular configuration exists for such substances, which introduces some uncertainty about the microscopic state of the substance. The concept of entropy as a measure of disorganized energy can also be applied to other areas. Iron molecules, for example, create a magnetic field around themselves. In ordinary iron, molecules are randomly aligned, and they cancel each other ’s magnetic effect. When iro...
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