Entropy concept

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Homework Statement


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Homework Equations


Conceptual question.

The Attempt at a Solution


The answer is isothermal expansion(D).
but heat does not decrease due to isothermal process and expansion leads to lesser collision of particles on walls of container.
So why D?
 
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Doug Huffman
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Is not your question really, "Why not A, B, or C?

The compression processes are intuitively obvious? Adiabatic processes do not transfer heat or matter.
 
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even isothermal processes occur at same temperatures. So there is no increase in internal energy which leads to increase in entropy.
 
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Think of it with this equation from the 2nd law of thermodynamics:

ΔS = Q/T

For adiabatic processes, Q = 0.
For isothermal processes, entropy of the system will increase if the system is expanding because Q must be positive (heat goes into the system) for the system to remain isothermal. If the system is compressed isothermally, heat must go out of the system and entropy will decrease.
 

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