Delta U

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Delta U

Postby Maya_Peterson1C » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:04 pm

If U is a state function, how is it that we can use work, which is pathway-dependent, to calculate it?

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Re: Delta U

Postby Jonas Talandis » Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:13 pm

I believe it's because when we find U we're only concerned with the final and initial states. Regardless of how it's calculated or what happens between the initial and final points, we are just concerned with the change in energy.

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Re: Delta U

Postby keyaluo4C » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:21 pm

We are actually only measuring the changes in internal energy rather than the absolute value of the internal energy of the system.

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Re: Delta U

Postby Michael Torres 4I » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:15 pm

Delta U can be calculated by adding q and w. Since we are just finding the change in internal energy, delta U can be understood as a state function regardless of what its components might be because we are just concerned with finding the differences between final and initial conditions.

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Re: Delta U

Postby AngelaZ 1J » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:29 pm

The change in internal energy is a function of only the initial and final states.

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