infinitesimal change


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infinitesimal change

Postby Abigail Volk 1F » Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:47 am

What is an infinitesimal change and how do you identify it?

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Re: infinitesimal change

Postby lizzygaines1D » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:41 am

An infinitesimal change is a change over a very very very short period of time, so short, that you can almost consider t as being 0. You'll see this in a reversible process.

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Re: infinitesimal change

Postby Eli Aminpour 2K » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:50 pm

Its the same as taking the derivative in calculus. We used it in thermodynamics to see what the effect of changing pressure or temperature would have on the system

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Re: infinitesimal change

Postby David Zhou 1L » Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:26 pm

Infinitesimal doesn't necessarily have to do with time, it's just denoting a mathematical value smaller than anything measurable. A change that's infinitesimal can refer to time, pressure, volume, temperature, or anything you want to assign it to since it's unitless.

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