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Reversible vs. Irreversible

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:53 am
by Sophia Kim 1C
Why do reversible reactions do more work than irreversible?

Re: Reversible vs. Irreversible

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:09 am
by Gwyneth Huynh 1J
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.

Re: Reversible vs. Irreversible

Posted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:14 am
by Michele 2C
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.