Irreversible vs. Reversible Expansion


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Mahir_Hasan2C
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Irreversible vs. Reversible Expansion

Postby Mahir_Hasan2C » Sun Jan 27, 2019 3:58 pm

How are we able to tell if an expansion is irreversible or not?

aisteles1G
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Re: Irreversible vs. Reversible Expansion

Postby aisteles1G » Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:40 pm

In most of the homework problems it seems to tell you if the reaction is reversible or not so I don't think you have to know if it is or not, I think the important thing to know concerning reversible reactions is that they use a different equation to calculate work and also that reversible reactions always do more work. Hope this helps!

Saachi_Kotia_4E
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Re: Irreversible vs. Reversible Expansion

Postby Saachi_Kotia_4E » Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:19 pm

I think it depends on the surroundings of the reaction, for example certain containers allow it to be reversible, while others restrict it. I may be wrong, but this is what I understood from the homework problems. regardless, the homework seems to tell you whether or not its reversible, so I dont think we need to worry about determining it ourselves.


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