Different Work Equations


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Different Work Equations

Postby chrisavalos-2L » Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:18 pm

I was wondering how to know which of the different work equations that we are to use for different situations?

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Re: Different Work Equations

Postby Catly Do 2E » Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:15 am

Le learned this in discussion today and these are from my notes!
- For a reversible, isothermal expansion of an ideal gas:
w=-nRTln(Vfinal/Vinitial) OR w=-nRTln(Pinitial/Pfinal)
- For constant pressure:
- For constant volume:

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Re: Different Work Equations

Postby Brian Chhoy 4I » Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:55 pm

It should let you know in the problem. If they are asking for the work done in an isothermal expansion (constant temperature), you probably have to solve for the reversible pathway, since the work the system is doing if being provided energy by some outside source, such as a heat reservoir. If the question is asking for a reaction done against constant pressure, then you would solve for the irreversible pathway.

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