When to use this equation


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When to use this equation

Postby sofiakavanaugh » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:28 pm


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?


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Re: When to use this equation

Postby Nishma Chakraborty 1J » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:32 pm

Hey! We use W=-pdeltaV for expansion work questions, typically regarding gases! I don't think temperature has to be constant in order to use this equation. Hope this helps!

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Re: When to use this equation

Postby Katie Blann 1E » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:33 pm

In the practice midterm we used this equation when the pressure was constant.

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Re: When to use this equation

Postby Erica Nagase 1H » Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:35 pm

We use for irreversible conditions (constant P). We use for reversible conditions (P is not constant).

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