U for Reversible & Irreversible Expansion


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Yea Eun Lee 1H
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U for Reversible & Irreversible Expansion

Postby Yea Eun Lee 1H » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:38 pm

According to the textbook, the "change in internal energy is the same regardless of the path taken between the same initial and final states"

So does that mean the change in internal energy would be the same regardless if the gas expanded reversibly or irreversibly? If so, why?

Haocheng Zhang 2A
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Re: U for Reversible & Irreversible Expansion

Postby Haocheng Zhang 2A » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:47 pm

If both systems start and end with same initial and final internal energy, the change of internal energy should be the same, but the work done by the system(W) and the heat abosorbed by system(q) will be different in these two expansions.

Lisa Tang 1C
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Re: U for Reversible & Irreversible Expansion

Postby Lisa Tang 1C » Sat Jan 27, 2018 8:52 pm

Because internal energy is a state function, it is only dependent on the current state of the system. So, the change of the internal energy is the same regardless of if the expansion was reversible or not.


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