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Work not a state function

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:07 pm
by ryan_macdougall_3B_2C
Why is work done by a system not a state function?

Re: Work not a state function

Posted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:12 pm
by Sabah Islam 1G
Work done by a system is not a state function because it is dependent on the pathway that a reaction takes (path used to go from initial to final state); whereas for state functions, the values can be determined by the initial and final values for the reaction. Work is dependent on the pressure and volume change of a system, which are things that take the reaction from its initial to final state.

Re: Work not a state function  [ENDORSED]

Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:16 pm
by Sarah 2F
It is because the path taken to the end matters. State functions only need the final and the initial points.