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Extrapolation to Non-Stable States

We can calculate the enthalpies, entropies for substances at conditions that they are not stable by extrapolating data. This is a useful trick as it allows us to make predictions about non-equilibrium changes in a system.

Figure 2-1: Extrapolating state functions to conditions for which the material is not stable.

W. Craig Carter 2002-09-05