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Isothermal reversible reactions do more work than irreversible reactions, because isothermal reactions have to work against more external pressure than irreversible reactions. Dr. Lavelle gave the example of a boulder at the top of a hill; work has to be done for the boulder to go up the hill, while less has to be done for it to roll down the hill. Hope this helps!
Isothermal reversible reactions produce more work because it is done slowly and done with tiny steps and allows the system to come back to equilibrium. Irreversible processes in comparison is one massive push that doesn't achieve the same amount of work because it is less efficient.
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