When to use equation  [ENDORSED]


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When to use equation

Postby juchung7 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:42 pm

When would we use this equation -work=-nrt(ln(vf/vi))- versus w=-p(changeinv). I get that we use the first one when the system is in equilibrium, but would a problem explicitly say "this system is in equilibrium/ is reversible?"

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Re: When to use equation

Postby Andrea Grigsby 1I » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:44 pm

for the first equation, usually the question says "isothermic" (as in the assigned text book questions)
but it's not going to be on this coming test! :)

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Re: When to use equation

Postby Hammad Khan 2B » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:35 am

The first equation is used to find the work done by a reversible process which will not be on the upcoming test. The second equation however, will be on the test as it is the work by expansion.

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Re: When to use equation  [ENDORSED]

Postby Kailey Brodeur 1J » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:11 am

Specifically, the textbook says that the first equation is used for an isothermal, reversible expansion of a gas. As a gas expands, the pressure decreases according to Boyle's Law which is how the equation developed. The second equation is used for non expansion work, so volume change isn't involved.

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