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free energy

 

Definition: a thermodynamic function symbolized as F, or G (Gibbs free energy), = H - TS, where H is the enthalpy of a system, T the absolute temperature, and S the entropy; chemical reactions proceed spontaneously in the direction that involves a net decrease in the free energy of the system (?G < 0).

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