internal vs. external pressure


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internal vs. external pressure

Postby bonnie_schmitz_1F » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:59 pm

Why is a system is at equilibrium is the internal pressure approximately equal to the external pressure?

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Re: internal vs. external pressure

Postby Ana Pedreros » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:15 pm

Yes, when a system is at equilibrium, the internal pressure is approximately equal to the external pressure.

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Re: internal vs. external pressure

Postby anthony_trieu2L » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:40 pm

Internal pressure is how much change in energy a system undergoes when it expands or contracts. External pressure is the amount of energy that is applied from the outside. At equilibrium, these two are equal

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Re: internal vs. external pressure

Postby SydBenedict2H » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:07 pm

If these two were not equal, then they would be attempting to reach a state of equilibrium (being equal). So if you had a closed system with a certain pressure on the inside and a different pressure on the outside, and you suddenly removed whatever was making the system closed rather than open, the pressure would immediately sort itself out as the molecules went from a more pressurized place to less (whether that may be inside or outside of the system).


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