Entropy of fusion
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The entropy of fusion is the increase in entropy when melting a substance. This is almost always positive since the degree of disorder increases in the transition from an organized crystalline solid to the disorganized structure of a liquid; the only known exception is helium. It is denoted as ΔSfus and normally expressed in J mol-1 K-1
- , where is the enthalpy or heat of fusion.
Equilibrium occurs when the temperature is equal to the melting point so that
and the entropy of fusion is the heat of fusion divided by the melting point.
Helium-3 has a negative entropy of fusion at temperatures below 0.3 K. Helium-4 also has a very slightly negative entropy of fusion below 0.8 K. This means that, at appropriate constant pressures, these substances freeze with the addition of heat.
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- Ott, J. Bevan; Boerio-Goates, Juliana (2000), Chemical Thermodynamics: Advanced Applications, Academic Press, ISBN 0-12-530985-6
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