Difference in Wirr and Wrev


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Ryan Yoon 1L
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Difference in Wirr and Wrev

Postby Ryan Yoon 1L » Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:28 am

Why are Reversible processes do more work than irreversible processes?

Kate Osborne 1H
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Re: Difference in Wirr and Wrev

Postby Kate Osborne 1H » Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:46 am

irreversible processes are done under constant pressure while reversible are not, and since w is a product of pressure and volume, work is higher when pressure is not constant because the gas will have to do more work

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Re: Difference in Wirr and Wrev

Postby 905373636 » Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:18 pm

Wrev is an ideal situation with constant Temperature; Wirr is the more realistic and non-constant Temperature scenario and thus it does less work.

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Re: Difference in Wirr and Wrev

Postby Celine 1F » Fri Feb 07, 2020 1:32 pm

Irreversible processes are done under pressure that remains constant whereas reversible processes aren't. Gases have to do more work when pressure is not constant, which is why reversible processes do more work.

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Re: Difference in Wirr and Wrev

Postby Justin Seok 2A » Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:11 pm

Reversible processes can be thought of as the maximum work possible done by the gas, as external pressure constantly changes in order to match the internal pressure. Irreversible processes simply have constant external pressure, so the work done would not be as high.


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