Work of Expansion


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Nico Edgar 4L
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Work of Expansion

Postby Nico Edgar 4L » Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:20 pm

Does Work of expansion always have a change in volume? and does this mean that the pressure is always constant for our calculations?

Kristen Kim 2K
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Re: Work of Expansion

Postby Kristen Kim 2K » Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:23 pm

Yes. The definition of expansion work is "the work arising from a change in the volume of a system." The formula for expansion work is given by w = -(Pex)(delta V), where Pex is a constant external pressure.

Chloe Thorpe 1J
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Re: Work of Expansion

Postby Chloe Thorpe 1J » Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:19 pm

That's correct, expansion work requires that volume is changed as it is the work as a result of the change in volume. The pressure is constant as well, as Edgar said, since it is built into the equation.


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