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Third Law of Thermodynamics

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The third law of thermodynamics examines systems that reach a theoretical temperature of absolute zero. It states that as a system approaches absolute zero, all processes cease and the entropy of the system approaches a minimum value. At absolute zero the entropy of a perfectly ordered pure crystaline substance is zero.[1] Because entropy deals with a measure of disorder, this concept brings in the idea of perfect order (such as is seen in crystalline structures) existing at absolute zero.


  1. Brady, James E.; Holum, John R (1996). Chemistry: The Study of Matter and its Changes (2nd ed.). New York: John Wiley & Sons. p. 558. ISBN 0-471-10042-0. 

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