Does entropy increase in this process

• utkarshakash
In summary, entropy is a measure of disorder or randomness in a system and is important in understanding physical processes. In a closed system, entropy tends to increase over time as particles become more dispersed and less organized, leading to an increase in disorder. However, the increase in entropy does not always mean a decrease in energy, as some processes may result in an increase in both. The second law of thermodynamics states that the total entropy of a closed system will never decrease over time, meaning that in any physical process, the total disorder will either increase or stay the same. While entropy can be decreased locally in an open system by adding energy, the overall entropy of the system will still increase.
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Homework Statement

Is boiling of egg accompanied by an increase in entropy?

The Attempt at a Solution

I guess entropy decreases because as the egg boils, the stuff inside it gets hardened and changes into a solid mass. So the disorderliness decreases and the entropy should decrease. But according to the answer the entropy increases. Can anyone help me on this?

Questions:
1. What is the definition of entropy?
2. Is the egg being boiled a closed system?

1. What is entropy and why does it matter?

Entropy is a measure of the disorder or randomness in a system. It matters because it helps us understand the direction and likelihood of a physical process.

2. How is entropy related to the increase in disorder?

In a closed system, entropy will tend to increase over time. This is because as particles interact and move, they become more dispersed and less organized, leading to an increase in disorder.

3. Does the increase in entropy always mean a decrease in energy?

No, the increase in entropy does not always mean a decrease in energy. While some processes may result in both an increase in entropy and a decrease in energy, others may result in an increase in both.

4. How does the second law of thermodynamics relate to entropy?

The second law of thermodynamics states that the total entropy of a closed system will never decrease over time. This means that in any physical process, the total disorder will either increase or stay the same.

5. Can entropy be reversed or decreased in a process?

In a closed system, entropy will always increase or stay the same. However, in an open system, energy can be added to decrease entropy locally, but the overall entropy of the system will still increase.

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