One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A quantity in thermodynamics, such as entropy or enthalpy, that has a unique value for each given state of a system.
- ‘However, heat and work are not state functions and their values are affects by the pathway taken.’
- ‘Consequently entropy is a state function.’
- ‘A state function is a property of a system that does not depend on pathways, only on the initial and final states.’
- ‘The second law defines a new state function known as the entropy.’
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