Extensive vs Intensive Properties


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Kate_Santoso_4F
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Extensive vs Intensive Properties

Postby Kate_Santoso_4F » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:32 pm

Are work and heat extensive or intensive properties?

Eshwar Venkat 1F
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Re: Extensive vs Intensive Properties

Postby Eshwar Venkat 1F » Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:54 pm

Heat and work aren't properties because they are not state functions. However, internal energy (deltaU) and enthalpy (deltaH, which is often confused for heat) are state functions and extensive properties.

Sophia Ding 1B
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Re: Extensive vs Intensive Properties

Postby Sophia Ding 1B » Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:42 pm

What makes something an extensive property is that if the path taken to achieve the final state from the initial state must be taken into account; for things like enthalpy or entropy, what we care about is the initial and final states of the reaction rather than what happens in between. But for a property such as work, it does matter how many joules are used, and therefore things like work and heat are extensive properties.


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