## w=-PdeltaV

Jose Torres
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### w=-PdeltaV

For both work equations of w=-nRTln(V2/V1) and w=-PdeltaV, what are all the conditions in which we would use one over the other?

Amy Lefley 1J
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### Re: w=-PdeltaV

Use the equation W=-PdeltaV for a sudden irreversible expansion when work is done against a constant external pressure and temperature changes - less work is done for this pathway.

Ue the other work equation for a reversible expansion, when temperature is constant, external pressure is not constant, and more work is done.

Nicholas Le 4H
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### Re: w=-PdeltaV

The first equation would only be used for questions that deal with reversible expansion, while the second equation of w=-PdeltaV would only be used for irreversible expansion.

EllaBerry
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### Re: w=-PdeltaV

The first equation is used in the case of a reversible expansion, meanwhile the second equation is used in the case of an irreversible expansion.

Alexa Tabakian 1A
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### Re: w=-PdeltaV

The first one is for reversible expansion, and the second one is for irreversible expansion.

Lasya Gudipudi 1A
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### Re: w=-PdeltaV

The first one is used when the external pressure is not constant, which is reversible expansion, and the other equation is used when the external pressure is constant, which is irreversible expansion.

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### Re: w=-PdeltaV

-PdeltaV would be used if your external pressure is constant, and with irreversible reactions.