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Kirsty Star 2H
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irreversible and reversible

Postby Kirsty Star 2H » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:12 pm

So for an irreversible reaction where pressure is constant, the equation is w = -PΔV and for a reversible reaction where pressure is constantly becoming smaller, the equation is w = -nRTln(v2/v1). Is this right?

Also, where does the equation ΔU = 3/2nRΔT come from?

Mindy Kim 4C
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Re: irreversible and reversible

Postby Mindy Kim 4C » Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:45 pm

Yes, the two equations you stated are both correct.
Dr. Lavelle mentioned the third equation briefly, but basically, the internal energy of an ideal gas is dependent on temperature. The 3/2 in the equation comes from the translational motion along the x,y, and z axes.

BenJohnson1H
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Re: irreversible and reversible

Postby BenJohnson1H » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:09 pm

And likewise, in some cases this fraction will be 5/2 or 7/2 depending on the molecules. The text book has a more detailed explanation.

Summer de Vera 2C
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Re: irreversible and reversible

Postby Summer de Vera 2C » Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:43 pm

In general, are irreversible reactions more common than reversible ones?

Kirsty Star 2H
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Re: irreversible and reversible

Postby Kirsty Star 2H » Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:35 pm

Yes, reversible reactions are actually just theoretical, since it would mean that all energy in the form of heat can be transferred to work, with nothing being lost to the surroundings, which is almost never possible. Lavelle said almost every reaction is irreversible, especially biological applications.

Heidi Ibarra Castillo 1D
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Re: irreversible and reversible

Postby Heidi Ibarra Castillo 1D » Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:30 pm

^ yes reversible reactions are generaly theorectical, majority will always be irreversible


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