Isobaric RXN


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Isobaric RXN

Postby cbercik » Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:24 pm

In an isobaric reaction where P is constant, why is w = PdV only significant for gases and not for solids/liquids?

Does this phase distinction affect what equation you use for w when calculating dU = q + w ?

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Re: Isobaric RXN

Postby Sarah Sharma 2J » Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:36 pm

When P is constant, if dealing with an ideal gas the way to solve for entropy is Delta S= nCpln (V2/V1) Cp refers to the constant pressure which can be found by multiplying the ideal gas constant (R or 8.314J/K mol) by 5/2. So the equation when calculating for a reversible reaction will look like
Delta S= (n) (5/2) (R) ln (V2/V1). Hope this helps!

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