Irreversible process


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Irreversible process

Postby Blake_Katsev_2E » Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:15 pm

Why is there no work done in free expansion? and does free expansion mean irreversible?

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Re: Irreversible process

Postby vsyacoubian2A » Tue Jan 24, 2017 7:10 am

When something diffuses from high concentration to low concentration, it is not doing work. For example, if it were to push on a piston during diffusion and move it, it would be doing work. Diffusion is an irreversible process. You can go from high to low concentrations but not low to high without the help of some force.

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Re: Irreversible process

Postby Janice Kim 3I » Wed Jan 25, 2017 12:37 pm

Free expansion is saying that the particles, let's say from a reaction, is diffusing outwards freely. There is no work involved because these particles do not need to exert any energy (do work) to freely expand.

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