Reversible vs. Irreversible


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Sophia Kim 1C
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Reversible vs. Irreversible

Postby Sophia Kim 1C » Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:53 am

Why do reversible reactions do more work than irreversible?

Gwyneth Huynh 1J
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Re: Reversible vs. Irreversible

Postby Gwyneth Huynh 1J » Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:09 am

Reversible processes are ideal and done an infinitesimally slow pace. Therefore, the max amount of work can be done.
On the other hand irreversible process are fast and at a constant P. The system loses some of its potential to do work.

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Re: Reversible vs. Irreversible

Postby Michele 2C » Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:14 am

Irreversible reactions do less work because they happen fast and lose energy to heat, friction, etc. Reversible reactions happen very slowly, but make sure that all the energy is actually going to the expansion work.

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