Reversible systems clarification

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Reversible systems clarification

Postby anthonyhc3I » Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:44 am

The textbook mentions that reversible processes are those that can be reversed by an infinitely small change in a variable. How does this directly translate into how reversible processes tend to do more work than irreversible processes?

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Re: Reversible systems clarification

Postby Chem_Mod » Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:54 am

Reversible processes can do the most work because they do not generate entropy, which is basically energy wasted as heat that is unable to do work.

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Re: Reversible systems clarification

Postby 704628249 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:11 pm

If you graph a reversible process and the irreversible process changing the same amount of volume, you will clearly be able to see that the reversible process does more work based on the area under the curve.


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