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Work in Reversible Process vs Work in Irreversible Process

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:38 pm
by Kimberly Wagas 1H
The textbook states that "Provided the initial and final states are the same, a change carried out reversibly always does more work than a change carried out irreversibly"?

Why is the amount of work a system can do greater in reversible processes as opposed to in irreversible processes?

Re: Work in Reversible Process vs Work in Irreversible Proce

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:43 pm
by Alina Avetisyan 1B
In a reversible process, you don't lose energy as heat, while in an irreversible process, some energy is lost as heat.

Re: Work in Reversible Process vs Work in Irreversible Proce

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:54 am
by danielashirazi_1L
Are open, closed, or isolated systems reversible?

Re: Work in Reversible Process vs Work in Irreversible Proce

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2016 8:04 pm
by 704628249
If you graph the two, it is pretty easy to see that a reversible process does more work. The area under the curve is greater.