Reversible processes


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Reversible processes

Postby Anjali_U_3L » Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:10 pm

On page 9 of the course reader, after the derivation of energy used as a work of expansion, it says "Since the system is at equilibrium, it is a reversible process." Does that mean all systems at equilibrium involve reversible processes? Why?

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Re: Reversible processes

Postby Pauline Tze 3B » Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:18 am

All systems at equilibrium are reversible processes because any heat absorbed or work done on the system is canceled out by heat released or done by the system. This occurs such that infinitesimal changes in pressure do not increase entropy (because if entropy increases, it cannot be reversed according to the 2nd law of thermodynamics).

I hope that helps!

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