Ideal Gas Law- delta U

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Ideal Gas Law- delta U

Postby DanielaWong_2G » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:58 am

Hi! So I realize that when V is constant, w=0 (although I'm not sure why), but why is delta U =0 when delta T is 0? Is it derived from equations or is just something we're supposed to know?

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Re: Ideal Gas Law- delta U

Postby Cherry_Deng_1K » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:30 am

Hey there! First of all, w=0 when there is no volume change because it means that the system is not doing any work (imagine a system where work causes a piston to move up and down. If the volume of the system doesn't change, then the piston isn't moving, so no work is being done). For your question about delta T, internal energy change depends on the temperature. If delta T=0 (meaning temperature is constant), then internal energy will also be constant. Therefore delta U = 0. Hope this helps!

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