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Entropy within proteins

  1. Oct 4, 2013 #1
    When collagen binds to bone, the entropy of the system increases. Why does the entropy not decrease, since it seems more logical that the entropy decreases since it seems to become more ordered?
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  3. Oct 4, 2013 #2


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    The system includes more than just the collagen molecules and the bone that they bind to. Include the entire complex chemical stew that makes up the living organism and its surroundings, and there is plenty of room for entropy increase.
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