reversible/irreversible processes


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Sol Lee 2H
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reversible/irreversible processes

Postby Sol Lee 2H » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:22 pm

this may sound very basic at this point but,

What exactly is reversible/irreversible in a reversible/irreversible process?

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Annie Qing 2F
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Re: reversible/irreversible processes

Postby Annie Qing 2F » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:44 pm

Irreversible processes are ones that happen suddenly (e.g. gas being released into a vacuum) whereas reversible processes are done over a theoretically infinite amount of time because the change happens in infinitesimally small parts. In a reversible process, the system is in equilibrium throughout the entire change and energy from work is maximized (most efficient).

Hope this clears (at least some) things up!


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