Isolated Systems

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Andrew F 2L
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Isolated Systems

Postby Andrew F 2L » Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:31 pm

I am confused as to what exactly an isolated system is. The definition states that it can exchange neither matter nor energy with its surrounds but why is this system studied/useful if we cannot determine any changes from it? Thank you!

Amanda Lin 2I
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Re: Isolated Systems

Postby Amanda Lin 2I » Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:15 pm

Reactions can still occur within the system without exchanging matter or energy with its surroundings.

Dina Marchenko 2J
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Re: Isolated Systems

Postby Dina Marchenko 2J » Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:02 pm

Especially if you want to know how a system changes over time (ex- thru a reaction) without being influences by any surroundings or outside factors, isolated systems are incredibly useful. Measuring equipment can be put inside of the system to properly gauge a change in some characteristic of the system. It's also good for preservation.

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Re: Isolated Systems

Postby Max Madrzyk Dis 4G » Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:09 pm

We can observe the changes within the isolated system, but an isolated system will have no effect on the outside world.

Anthony Hatashita 4H
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Re: Isolated Systems

Postby Anthony Hatashita 4H » Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:03 pm

With an isolated system you can still observe changes happening within without interruption or influence from outside the system.

Joanne Lee 1J
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Re: Isolated Systems

Postby Joanne Lee 1J » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:45 pm

In an isolated system, a reaction can still take place inside the system but it doesn't have any effect on the outside world. Therefore, changes in the system can still be observed, recorded and calculated.


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