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Definition of "free energy" []

  • A thermodynamic quantity that is the difference between the internal energy of a system and the product of its absolute temperature and entropy. (noun)
  • A thermodynamic quantity that is the difference between the enthalpy and the product of the absolute temperature and entropy of a system. Also called Gibbs free energy. (noun)

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