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Well, because both open and closed systems are capable of exchanging energy with their surroundings this means either one could have an adiabatic process. Heat is a form of energy, as long as the system has the capability to exchange energy, it will also have the possibility of being an adiabatic process.
In an adiabatic process it means that there is no net heat flow in or out of the system. You can change the pressure and this will result in a change in volume. This is why the adiabatic process line on a PV diagram is the shape it takes because the temperature does not change since there is no net heat flow.
It could be either conceptual, such as just describing what it means, or he could make integrate it into an actual problem to test if we really understand what it entails. Question 5 dealt with an adiabatic process in a problem, so I'd say it's definitely fair game for the final.
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