Entropy - Reversible vs Irreversible


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Alexis Elliott 1J
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Entropy - Reversible vs Irreversible

Postby Alexis Elliott 1J » Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:24 pm

During lecture I understood that if we want to calculate the enthalpy and the change is irreversible we use w=-P(V2-V1), and if it is irreversible we use w=-nRTln(V2/V1).

My question is regarding entropy. Is there a different set of equations we should use based on whether the reaction is reversible or irreversible? Or is there only this difference when it comes to enthalpy?

Tycho_Meimban_2B
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Re: Entropy - Reversible vs Irreversible

Postby Tycho_Meimban_2B » Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:04 pm

Entropy is produced in irreversible processes, and reversible processes do not produce any entropy at all.

All real process, such as mixing two gases, spontaneous combustion, and the transfer of heat, are not reversible at all, but we can find a measure of entropy for each of these processes.

Hope this helps!

Alexis Elliott 1J
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Re: Entropy - Reversible vs Irreversible

Postby Alexis Elliott 1J » Mon Jan 30, 2017 11:37 pm

Thank you!!

The only other question I have is why isn't there an entropy change in reversible reactions?

Patrick Ricaflanca 2H
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Re: Entropy - Reversible vs Irreversible

Postby Patrick Ricaflanca 2H » Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:34 pm

I think it may have something to do with entropy being a state function. So if the reaction returns to the same state it was in before, then there was no change.


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