Reversible vs Irreversible formula

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kennedyp
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Reversible vs Irreversible formula

Postby kennedyp » Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:02 pm

What key words should we look for in a word problem that would help us know whether the formula for work should be the reversible or irreversible one?

JasonLiu_2J
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Re: Reversible vs Irreversible formula

Postby JasonLiu_2J » Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:06 pm

If the problem indicates that the system is under a constant pressure, then you would use the w=-P∆V equation to calculate the work done. If the problem instead indicates that the reaction is an isothermic expansion where pressure is not constant, then you would use the equation for a reversible reaction, w=-nRTln(V2/V1).

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Re: Reversible vs Irreversible formula

Postby 905373636 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 1:00 pm

JasonLiu_2J wrote:If the problem indicates that the system is under a constant pressure, then you would use the w=-P∆V equation to calculate the work done. If the problem instead indicates that the reaction is an isothermic expansion where pressure is not constant, then you would use the equation for a reversible reaction, w=-nRTln(V2/V1).


Where does the ln(V2/V1) come from?

Daniel Chen 2L
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Re: Reversible vs Irreversible formula

Postby Daniel Chen 2L » Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:56 pm

So if the pressure of the system is not constant, then the formula is reversible?

Michael Du 1E
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Re: Reversible vs Irreversible formula

Postby Michael Du 1E » Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:13 pm

Daniel Chen 2L wrote:So if the pressure of the system is not constant, then the formula is reversible?

correct
while if the pressure of the system is constant, it is irreversible


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