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Not quite an answer, but too long for a comment: Here's a link to the official CODATA site showing the values: codata.info (via the Internet Archive). It references the following source: Cox, J. D., Wagman, D. D., and Medvedev, V. A., CODATA Key Values for Thermodynamics, Hemisphere Publishing Corp., New York, 1989. Unfortunately, that source isn't readily ...


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The way to think about microstates is as alternative configurations of a system which satisfy constraints consistent with the observed macroscopic properties of the system. The collection of such microstates forms an ensemble. The misconception lies in the idea of "concentrating" kinetic energy, and in thinking that reducing the number of available ...


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Entropy is indeed a state function, and thus depends only on the state of the system. Hence it doesn't matter how you get from state A to state B, the entropy change will be the same. The analogy would be that it doesn't matter which path you use to get from the base of a mountain to the summit, your elevation change will be the same. This is because ...


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