q and w in a reversible process
Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:38 pm
Does q necessarily equal -w in a reversible process?
Re: q and w in a reversible process
Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:05 pm
No, not necessarily. q = -w when it is an isothermal reversible process because the change in internal energy of an isothermal reversible process is 0 and (change in internal energy) = q +w and if q + w =0 then therefore you can transform the equation into q=-w because the temperature and internal energy has no change, so if reversible expansion happens by work, then heat must be inputted into the system to be canceled out and have 0 change of internal energy.