## Delta U

$\Delta U=q+w$

Ashley Kenney 1E
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### Delta U

When is $\Delta U=0$?

Mona Lee 4L
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### Re: Delta U

DeltaU = q + W. Therefore, the internal energy of a system does not change only when q and W are zero.

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### Re: Delta U

Delta U is 0 when you are dealing w a isothermal/reversible reaction.

Tuong Nguyen 2I
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### Re: Delta U

Well delta U can still have a nonzero value at isothermal, reversible processes depending on what w is. So when we know that the system undergoes an isothermal, reversible process, we know that heat (q) = 0 and therefore the only thing left for delta U to equal is w.

So at isothermal, reversible processes, delta U = work (w).

Kavvya Gupta 1H
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### Re: Delta U

delta u is zero when there is no temperature change

Nicole Elhosni 2I
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### Re: Delta U

Since for an ideal gas the internal energy is proportional to temperature, it follows that there is no change in the internal energy of the gas during an isothermal process.

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### Re: Delta U

The internal energy is zero when it is a reversible reaction or if it is at a constant temperature.

Niveda_B_3I
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### Re: Delta U

The change in internal energy could be 0
if q = -w
if T = 0
and if the system is isothermal and the reaction is reversible

Jacob Bershatski 4C
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### Re: Delta U

Based on the equation, deltaU=(3/2)nR(deltaT), deltaU is 0 when deltaT is 0. I am still a little confused about this myself. However, whenever you have an isolated system, deltaU always equals 0 because heat and work cannot be transferred into or out of the system.