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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Hi Everyone, I have been researching for days, and am still very confused, so thought I might turn here for assistance.

I know the minimum free energy represents the state of maximum stability for a system. Free energy is decreased when enthalpy decreases and entropy increases. I understand why the stability would increase as enthalpy decreases, due to the decline in potential energy.

What I would really like to know is: how does entropy affect the stability (thermodynamic stability)?

Thanks very much, I would really appreciate any assistance regarding this issue.

I know the minimum free energy represents the state of maximum stability for a system. Free energy is decreased when enthalpy decreases and entropy increases. I understand why the stability would increase as enthalpy decreases, due to the decline in potential energy.

What I would really like to know is: how does entropy affect the stability (thermodynamic stability)?

Thanks very much, I would really appreciate any assistance regarding this issue.