Reversible vs Irreversible

isochoric/isometric:
isothermal:
isobaric:

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Angela Wu-2H
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Reversible vs Irreversible

Postby Angela Wu-2H » Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:56 pm

Why does it matter if a system is reversible or irreversible? Does it change the formulas utilized?

Bryce Barbee
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Re: Reversible vs Irreversible

Postby Bryce Barbee » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:01 pm

I think with entropy it matters because one of the formulas only uses heat (reversible) divided by temperature.

Sjeffrey_1C
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Re: Reversible vs Irreversible

Postby Sjeffrey_1C » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:08 pm

You use different formulas depending if it is reversible or irreversible.

Reversible: work = -nRT ln (v1/v2)

Irreversible: work = -Pext ΔV

805383532
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Re: Reversible vs Irreversible

Postby 805383532 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:11 pm

When a system is reversible, dStotal = dSsystem + dSsurroundings is equal to 0.

805329408
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Re: Reversible vs Irreversible

Postby 805329408 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:12 pm

For a reversible system, the system is isothermal and thus temperature is constant which impacts the formulas utilized since some are used for temperature change and some are used when temperature is constant which is the case of a isothermal, reversible system.

Michelle N - 2C
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Re: Reversible vs Irreversible

Postby Michelle N - 2C » Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:48 pm

805329408 wrote:For a reversible system, the system is isothermal and thus temperature is constant which impacts the formulas utilized since some are used for temperature change and some are used when temperature is constant which is the case of a isothermal, reversible system.



Can you or someone here explain what equations can be used for reversible reactions and for irreversible reactions? Can some be used by both?

Abigail_Hagen2G
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Re: Reversible vs Irreversible

Postby Abigail_Hagen2G » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:32 pm

Yes, there are different equations to use based on if it's reversible or irreversible.

Emil Velasco 1H
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Re: Reversible vs Irreversible

Postby Emil Velasco 1H » Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:33 pm

It's also important to note that reversible does the most amount of work.


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