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There are other state functions, to be introduced later. All will be denoted by capital letters in contrast to the concepts of work and heat, which are denoted by small letters. 8. 9) There is a diﬀerence between the diﬀerentials dU on the one hand and dq and dw on the other hand. dU is an exact diﬀerential — its integral depends only on the initial and final states of the system and not on the path of integration. The diﬀerentials dq and dw are generally not exact. Their integrated values depend on the path of integration.
18) A where the sign > refers to an irreversible change, and the = sign refers to a reversible change. 4. Isolated Systems Variation of heats is diﬃcult to determine, and most often one calculates entropy changes of isolated systems, where dq = 0. Thus, for an isolated system, Eq. 19) Comment: The results obtained so far, which relates entropy to heat change divided by temperature, was derived for a particular system — an ideal gas. What assurance do we have that the eﬃciency criterion applies to other systems?
This is the correct way to calculate ∆S, since S is a state function. Had we calculated ∆S from q/T , the result would have been wrong. ] The rule that ∆S has to be positive in an irreversible change applies to an isolated system. In the above example, the system is not isolated. To get around this diﬃculty, the standard procedure is to consider also the entropy of the surroundings (the rest of the universe), and regard the system and surroundings as an isolated system. 4. The Entropy of the Surroundings In treating the surrounding entropy, it is common practice to assume that the surrounding changes reversibly even though the system may change irreversibly.