## Reversible v irreversible

isochoric/isometric: $\Delta V = 0$
isothermal: $\Delta T = 0$
isobaric: $\Delta P = 0$

Katherine Grillo 1B
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### Reversible v irreversible

What does it mean when an expansion is isothermal/reversible? What would be an example of an irreversible expansion?

Becky Belisle 1A
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### Re: Reversible v irreversible

If an expansion is isothermal, the change in temperature equals zero. If an expansion is reversible, w= -nRTln(V2/V1). For irreversible expansions, pressure is treated as constant. So, w= -PexΔV.

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### Re: Reversible v irreversible

Like the example during class, Prof. Lavelle told us if we were to have a system being held with a lid and the pressure of the system is 2 atm while the surroundings are 1 atm if we were to release the lid, it would shoot upwards. That is an example of an irreversible system.

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### Re: Reversible v irreversible

It means that temperature is maintained constant and that there is an infinitesimally small pressure difference, resulting in us having to use the integral to solve.

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### Re: Reversible v irreversible

To add, reversible reactions always result in more work because of the infinitesimally pressure differences.

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