Entropy of a star

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How is the entropy of a star like the sun or a neutron star calculated?
 

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to calculate the thermodynamical entropy, I suppose that you could use the famous Boltzmann entropy equation:
S=k*ln W
W is the number of distinguishable arrangements of atoms/molecules.
If you are able to figure out W, work done!
 
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The entropy of a black hole is [tex]S=\frac{Akc^3}{4hG}[/tex] where A is the area of the black hole, k the Boltzman's constant, h the Planck's constant, c the speed of light and G the gravitational constant
(http://nrumiano.free.fr/Estars/bh_thermo.html)

I'm not sure you can use the same formula for a (neutron) star though.

See also: http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/sep99/937295445.As.r.html

(Google is the answer to a lot of questions!!)
 
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Since we know the power output of the sun and we know the enthalpy and entropy of a fusion reaction, its just an easy ratio.
 

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