## P delta(V) =delta(n)RT

$w=-P\Delta V$
and
$w=-\int_{V_{1}}^{V_{2}}PdV=-nRTln\frac{V_{2}}{V_{1}}$

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Danny Nguyen 2H
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### P delta(V) =delta(n)RT

When are we allowed to use this? under what circumstances do we use this? (refer to equation above)

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### Re: P delta(V) =delta(n)RT

You use w = -PdeltaV when pressure is constant. Prof. Lavelle used delta n RT to show that reactions at constant pressure can also do work when there is a change in the number of moles of gas.

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### Re: P delta(V) =delta(n)RT

I suppose you could use it any time you think you need to use P$\Delta$V but you don't have P and/or V. Some homework problems have it so that you would have to solve for work, but they don't give you P or $\Delta$V. Oftentimes, these homework problems will give you the mols of the element/compound in question, so in those cases you can use the mols they give you, the R which is constant, and the T (which in one certain homework problem in chapter 8 was assumed to be 298K due to everything having standard conditions).

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