EDUCATION: Getting Entropy Right

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Science  12 Mar 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5664, pp. 1589
DOI: 10.1126/science.303.5664.1589c

Although dorm-living college students can easily grasp the idea of disorder, using it to explicate the second law of thermodynamics is archaic and misleading, maintains Frank Lambert, a professor emeritus of chemistry at Occidental College in Los Angeles. So Lambert created this collection to help teachers and students understand entropy as a gauge of energy dispersal. The site offers several of his Journal of Chemical Education articles on entropy, a student primer, and pages with deeper explanations for beginning and advanced levels.

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