Reversible Process


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Robert Tran 1B
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Reversible Process

Postby Robert Tran 1B » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:49 pm

What is the meaning of a reversible process and what are the implications of it having an infinitesimal changes?

Ipsita Srinivas 1K
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Re: Reversible Process

Postby Ipsita Srinivas 1K » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:55 pm

A reversible process is a process where even a small change can cause either work to be done on the system, or by it. In the examples we've learnt, the reversible process is the expansion of a gas under constant temperature, but changing pressure. The external pressure applied on the system is always equal to the gas's pressure. In such a scenario, if the external pressure is increased even a little, the gas will move inward (compress) and work will be done on the system (by the external pressure). This is also why intuitively it should make sense that a reversible process such the above expansion is the maximum work done by the system.

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