Systems in practice

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Maria Bajenov 1I
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Systems in practice

Postby Maria Bajenov 1I » Sat Jan 27, 2018 9:31 am

Can any system truly be isolated or adiabatic in practice or only in theory?

sahiltelang-Discussion 1J
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Re: Systems in practice

Postby sahiltelang-Discussion 1J » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:07 am

They are no truly 100% isolated systems in the universe. We have devices though such as bomb calorimeter that are practically isolated so we can just treat them in that manner.

Wenxin Fan 1J
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Re: Systems in practice

Postby Wenxin Fan 1J » Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:43 am

Systems can only be completely isolated in theory. Most "isolated" systems are more similar to closed systems in real life.

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Re: Systems in practice

Postby Brandon Fujii 1K » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:10 pm

One can argue that the universe is an isolated system because matter and energy is neither created nor destroyed.

Sarah Maraach 2K
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Re: Systems in practice

Postby Sarah Maraach 2K » Sun Jan 28, 2018 1:07 pm

Very true that real-world systems aren't ever truly isolated. However, devices such as the bomb calorimeter are close enough to be considered isolated since the amount of energy exchanged in an environment is very small. Thus, it can be practical to assume it's isolated.


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