Constant Temperature in Ideal Gas Expansion

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Yael Breziner 1F
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Constant Temperature in Ideal Gas Expansion

Postby Yael Breziner 1F » Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:19 pm

As mentioned in class, the system with an ideal gas and a vacuum will have a constant temperature becasue the energy that it loses when it is doing work is replaced by the heat of the surroundings going into the system. Does the heat coming into the system (q) come in for the purpose of maintaining a constant temperature, or is there another reason for which the heat enters the system?

Rachel Risoleo 3G
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Re: Constant Temperature in Ideal Gas Expansion

Postby Rachel Risoleo 3G » Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:31 pm

I believe the heat does come in for the purpose of maintaining a constant temperature, and so that the change in energy (and the change in temperature) is zero.

Sophia 3F
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Re: Constant Temperature in Ideal Gas Expansion

Postby Sophia 3F » Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:34 pm

I'm still having a bit of a hard time wrapping my head around how the temperature of the system can stay constant if heat is entering from its surroundings. What is the heat reservoir that the surrounding heat goes to? Thanks in advance!


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