## When to use this equation

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sofiakavanaugh
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### When to use this equation

Hi,

I was wondering in what specific situations we would need to use w=-pdeltaV versus other work equations

Does the temperature need to be constant?

Thanks!

Aijun Zhang 1D
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### Re: When to use this equation

When the pressure is constant, we use w = -Pext

When temperature is constant (isothermal), we use w = -nRT ln (Vfinal/Vinitial)

Nha Dang 2I
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### Re: When to use this equation

w = -nRT ln (Vfinal/Vinitial) is also used when the pressure is not kept at a constant.

snehabhargava
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### Re: When to use this equation

That equation is used when the pressure is constant.

McKenna disc 1C
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### Re: When to use this equation

Aijun Zhang 1D wrote:When the pressure is constant, we use w = -Pext

When temperature is constant (isothermal), we use w = -nRT ln (Vfinal/Vinitial)

Are these the only two scenarios we'll likely be dealing with? Thanks!