Reversible and Isobaric


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Reversible and Isobaric

Postby Jielena_Bragasin2G » Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:54 am

Can I assume that an isobaric expansion is irreversible since the equation for irreversible expansion is Next*deltaV ?

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Re: Reversible and Isobaric

Postby Joseph Saba » Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:30 am

I would only do the calculation for irreversible reactions if the problem says specifically.

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Re: Reversible and Isobaric

Postby ALegala_2I » Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:13 pm

The irreversible equation is only used when pressure is constant. If pressure is changing, then you use the reversible equation.

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Re: Reversible and Isobaric

Postby Morgan Carrington 2H » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:24 am

I believe that isobaric means constant pressure and in order for that equation to be used, the external pressure has to be held constant. I would be cautious using this though unless it specifically said that the process was irreversible or reversible.

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Re: Reversible and Isobaric

Postby CameronDis2K » Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:51 pm

Isobaric means that deltaP = 0, but doesn't say if the process is reversible or irreversible. Therefore, the only assumption one can make is that U = detaH - pdeltaV (as there is only one P value to plug in, usually external pressure).

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