Thermodynamic and Differential Entropy under a Change of Variables
AbstractThe differential Shannon entropy of information theory can change under a change of variables (coordinates), but the thermodynamic entropy of a physical system must be invariant under such a change. This difference is puzzling, because the Shannon and Gibbs entropies have the same functional form. We show that a canonical change of variables can, indeed, alter the spatial component of the thermodynamic entropy just as it alters the differential Shannon entropy. However, there is also a momentum part of the entropy, which turns out to undergo an equal and opposite change when the coordinates are transformed, so that the total thermodynamic entropy remains invariant. We furthermore show how one may correctly write the change in total entropy for an isothermal physical process in any set of spatial coordinates.
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Hnizdo, V.; Gilson, M.K. Thermodynamic and Differential Entropy under a Change of Variables. Entropy 2010, 12, 578-590.
Hnizdo V, Gilson MK. Thermodynamic and Differential Entropy under a Change of Variables. Entropy. 2010; 12(3):578-590.Chicago/Turabian Style
Hnizdo, Vladimir; Gilson, Michael K. 2010. "Thermodynamic and Differential Entropy under a Change of Variables." Entropy 12, no. 3: 578-590.