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We often here the term in thermodynamics that a particular phase

  1. Sep 5, 2011 #1
    We often here the term in thermodynamics that a particular phase change is of 1st order , second order . What does the word order imply
     
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  3. Sep 5, 2011 #2
    Re: Thermodynamics

    It has to do with the order of differentiability of a thermodynamic potential when varying a physical parameter so as to cause the phase transition.

    It is described here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phase_transition" [Broken]
     
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