The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 8
Issue 3 (2003) pp 171-176
Entropy does not Follow from the First Law: Critique of "Entropy and the First Law of Thermodynamics"
John C. Wheeler
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 0340, University of California,
San Diego La Jolla CA 92093-0340 email@example.com
Published online: 26 May 2003
Abstract. In a recent paper in this Journal, "Entropy and the First Law of Thermodynamics," (Nikitas, P., Chem. Educator 2002, 7, 61-65) the author claims to derive the existence of the usual entropy from the first law of thermodynamics. The paper contains two errors that invalidate the author's conclusions. We identify the errors and demonstrate by explicit counterexamples that the claim is not realizable.
Key Words: In the Classroom; physical chemistry; thermodynamics; first law; second law; entropy
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Issue date: June