First Law

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First Law

Postby JamesAntonios 1E » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:52 pm

So delta U is 0 when it is an isothermal, reversible expansion. However, what if the expansion is irreversible? Is it still zero? Also, when is q in the first law zero?

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Re: First Law

Postby Chem_Mod » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:54 pm

Delta U = 0 for an isothermal process, because internal energy of an ideal gas only depends on the temperature. It doesn't have to be reversible for this to hold true.
Q is zero when we don't supply (or lose) any heat in the process we study.

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Re: First Law

Postby Sophie 1I » Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:28 pm

q is zero when there is no heat lost or gained. In the isothermal system q is equal to -w

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Re: First Law

Postby Jessica Benitez 1K » Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:40 pm

When we have an adiabatic system q=0 and delta U=w because in an adiabatic system there is no heat flow.

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Re: First Law

Postby Jaewoo Jo 2L » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:59 pm

delta U would also be zero in an isolated system or any system that doesn't transfer heat.

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Re: First Law

Postby AlyssaPeckham1A » Sun Mar 18, 2018 4:07 am

If no heat is transferred, then q will be equal to zero. This also means that delta U will now be equal to work.

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