Reversible vs Isothermal


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Abigail Yap 2K
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Reversible vs Isothermal

Postby Abigail Yap 2K » Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:56 am

Can someone please clarify the definitions of and differences between reversible and isothermal expansion? Thanks!

Angel Ni 2K
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Re: Reversible vs Isothermal

Postby Angel Ni 2K » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:30 am

A reversible isothermal reaction is one in which the volume changes slowly at a constant temperature. There is no heat transfer, so q=0, so deltaU=w.

Julia Ward 2C
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Re: Reversible vs Isothermal

Postby Julia Ward 2C » Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:35 am

I believe that a reversible expansion is when the change in pressure is infinitesimal so that the Pinternal~Pexternal and the V change is also infinitesimal. A isothermal expansion is an expansion with constant temperature.

Katelyn 2E
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Re: Reversible vs Isothermal

Postby Katelyn 2E » Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:43 am

Just to be clear, Dr. Lavelle said this wouldn't be on this week's test right?


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