First law potential energy
Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:46 pm
I was reading the textbook and came across one of the thinking points in 8.6. This is about a piston that's moving outward, increasing the volume of the ideal gas. It's asking why there's no potential energy change in an isothermal expansion, even when the molecules are moving apart (hence expansion). I understand that the internal energy does not change because there is no change is potential energy, but I don't get why there is no change.