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Rohan Chaudhari- 1K
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Work equations

Postby Rohan Chaudhari- 1K » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:36 pm

Can someone please explain what the different work equations are and when you use them? I'm having trouble identifying which to use in the homework.

Srbui Azarapetian 2C
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Re: Work equations

Postby Srbui Azarapetian 2C » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:41 pm

The w=-nRTln(V2/V1) equation is used for reversible expansion. This means that the pressure is continually changing.

The w=-P*deltaV is sued for irreversible expansion. This is in situation with a constant external pressure.

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Re: Work equations

Postby John Huang 1G » Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:46 pm

Most of the homework problems will require you to use the work equation for irreversible expansions unless stated otherwise.

If the homework problem asks about reversible, isothermal expansions, then you'll use the reversible equation.

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Re: Work equations

Postby Jana Sun 1I » Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:49 pm

Also just a heads up, in my discussion section today, my TA mentioned that we don't really need to know/use the reversible equation on the first test, but it's fair game for later tests/midterm.


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