Irreversible Work Chart


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Mia Navarro 1D
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Irreversible Work Chart

Postby Mia Navarro 1D » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:21 am

Why does the pressure instantly drop at the beginning of the chart? In other words, what was the definition of the vertical brown line to the left?

Alvin Tran 2E
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Re: Irreversible Work Chart

Postby Alvin Tran 2E » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:09 am

The vertical brown line is the drop in the pressure. This was probably achieved by cooling at a constant volume (delta V = 0) so there is no work done.

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Re: Irreversible Work Chart

Postby Isita Tripathi 2E » Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:03 am

In lecture, Lavelle said to ignore the vertical brown line. I think it was drawn to compare the irreversible and reversible reactions. But, the external pressure was always constant, it didn't drop down all of a sudden.

Andy Nguyen 1A
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Re: Irreversible Work Chart

Postby Andy Nguyen 1A » Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:28 pm

I think it was just used to show that a reversible reaction does more work than an irreversible reaction.

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Re: Irreversible Work Chart

Postby Alvin Tran 2E » Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:06 pm

If you look on page 275 of the textbook, there is an example problem that shows that the pressure did drop by cooling. However, this takes place before any of the expansion work is actually done, so it is a vertical line. This line could have just as easily not been there, but it is just trying to show that w=pΔv=0 because Δv=0. Then the external pressure stays constant which is why it remains a horizontal line as the volume increases.

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Re: Irreversible Work Chart

Postby William Xu Dis 1D » Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:00 pm

The vertical brown line just shows that before the expansion, the external pressure was lowered to a certain amount, then the horizontal line afterward represents that the external pressure stayed constant at that amount.


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