Problem: Consider the following changes in the distribution of nine particles into three interconnected boxes.Which of the following has the most negative ΔS?

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negative ΔS → system gets orderly

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Consider the following changes in the distribution of nine particles into three interconnected boxes.

The image contains three parts, all having 2 sets of three connected boxes representing before and after. In part a there are 4 atoms in the first two boxes, and one in the third. Then it goes to three atoms in each box. In part b there are 4 atoms in box 1, two in box 2, and three in box three. Then it goes to 6 atoms in box 1, three in box 2, and 0 in box three. In part c there are three atoms in box 1, 4 in box 2, and two in box three. It goes to 2 in box 1, three in box 2, and four in box 3.

Which of the following has the most negative ΔS?

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