Reversible and Irreversible


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Ulysis Baal 4J
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Reversible and Irreversible

Postby Ulysis Baal 4J » Fri Jan 22, 2016 2:05 am

Can someone explain in depth the major differences between reversible and irreversible processes?

Andre Tsivis 1K
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Re: Reversible and Irreversible

Postby Andre Tsivis 1K » Fri Jan 22, 2016 3:35 am

A reversible process is one that takes place in equilibrium and is a slow gradual change from one position to the next. Because it is a continuous change, it can be reversed with an opposite reaction. On the contrary, irreversible processes occur when there is a spontaneous action of some sort such as combustion or a spontaneous expansion from instantly equalizing two different pressures. A reversible process is gradual and an irreversible process is instantaneous. This distinction is very important because their properties are notably different, including the difference in amount of work that a reversible system has compared to an irreversible one.

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