## Integral for work

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Ellen Amico 2L
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### Integral for work

Do we actually need to calculate the integral for the work equation when the system is at equilibrium or do we just calculate using -P∆V?

Rory Simpson 2F
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### Re: Integral for work

When you have a reversible system, you would want to use the equation that you get from the integral because the changes in volume are infinitesimal. So, use w = -nRTln(V2/V1) for a reversible system, which you can derive from the integral.

Jasmine Fendi 1D
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### Re: Integral for work

I don't think you need to directly calculate the work with the integral. Just memorize the equations that are derived from the integral and know when to use each one!

Brian J Cheng 1I
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### Re: Integral for work

I would know why the equation exists. It exists in irreversible conditions (temperature constant, P and V changing at infinitesimally small intervals, so dw = -PdV. P becomes nRT/V, and if you take the integral of both sides you're left with w = -nRTln(V2/V1). It's just helpful to know in terms of linking concepts together.

Kristina Rizo 2K
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### Re: Integral for work

Brian J Cheng 1I wrote:I would know why the equation exists. It exists in irreversible conditions (temperature constant, P and V changing at infinitesimally small intervals, so dw = -PdV. P becomes nRT/V, and if you take the integral of both sides you're left with w = -nRTln(V2/V1). It's just helpful to know in terms of linking concepts together.

This was extremely helpful thank you!!