As glucose is oxidized to carbon dioxide, does the level of entropy increase?

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Jun 12, 2017

Answer:

What do you think..........?

Explanation:

Consider the stoichiometric equation that represents such oxidation......

#C_6H_12O_6(aq) +6O_2(g) rarr 6CO_2(g)uarr + 6H_2O(l)#

The reaction is certainly favoured by enthalpy in that you making the stable carbon dioxide and water molecules.......

The reaction is also favoured by entropy in that a linear triatom, the #CO_2# certainly has more statistical probability for disorder than a diatom. Entropy increases, and you should use the tables of standard entropy that you will find in your text to calculate the #DeltaS^@# of the given reaction (you can ignore the entropies of the solid and the liquid, #S""_"gas"^@# will dwarf these.......In any case in the reaction as written you've got 12 moles of product, and 7 moles of reactant; what do these data suggest with regard to entropy?