delta U=q+w

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delta U=q+w

Postby Ajith Raja 2L » Sat Jan 21, 2017 2:06 pm

So I was looking at the reversible expansion area in the course reader in Ch.9. There is a part where as the piston pushes out, heat comes in to replace the energy so delta U is 0 since there is no change in temp. But couldnt you also say that q=0 since q=CdeltaT would make q 0? Or does the mcat equation not apply to this area? Thank you.

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Re: delta U=q+w

Postby Shailyn_Moore_3C » Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:06 pm

Well to my knowledge it seems that the delta U equals 0 since if heat is going into the system q= some positive number but if equal amount of work is being done by the system (through expansion) than w= some negative number. So it kind of a situation where you 5+(-5)= 0. The heat and work cancel each other out

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