Irreversible and Reversible Processes


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Joanne Guan 1B
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Irreversible and Reversible Processes

Postby Joanne Guan 1B » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:46 pm

I understand that a reversible process is one that can be reversed by an infinitely small change and an irreversible process is expansion against an external pressure that differs by a finite amount from the system's pressure. Can someone give examples for these two processes?

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Re: Irreversible and Reversible Processes

Postby Alexia Joseph 2B » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:58 pm

In class, the example Dr. Lavelle used was with two systems compressed with pistons.

Irreversible expansion: will have sudden expansion (results in a large change in volume)
Pressure of external atmosphere- 1 atm
Pressure of system- 2 atm


Reversible expansion: system will change slowly (results a very small change in V)
Pressure of external atmosphere- 1 atm
Pressure of system- 1 atm

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Re: Irreversible and Reversible Processes

Postby 804899546 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:48 pm

So if the difference is that reversible reactions occur at equilibrium, what makes a reaction that occurs at non-equilibrium irreversible?

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Re: Irreversible and Reversible Processes

Postby Kevin Tabibian 1A » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:12 pm

An irreversible process would be as if I took a single 10g weight off of a balloon, allowing it to quickly expand. While a reversible process would be as if I individually removed from a balloon infinitely small weights that all collectively added up to 10g. The work in the second case would be much larger.

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Re: Irreversible and Reversible Processes

Postby 504754253 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:17 pm

can someone explain what makes a reaction that occurs at non-equilibrium irreversible? and give an example


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