ΔU = 0?


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Arman M 1A
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ΔU = 0?

Postby Arman M 1A » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:00 pm

If ΔU = 0, does that always mean that the process is isothermal? If so, why?

Amy Lefley 1J
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Re: ΔU = 0?

Postby Amy Lefley 1J » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:04 pm

Yes, since deltaU is equal to 3/2nRT, if deltaU is zero then T must be zero and the pathway is isothermal.

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Re: ΔU = 0?

Postby Cameron_Greenberg_3C » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:49 pm

In addition, reversible and isothermal for our purposes in 14B can be considered synonyms. So any reaction that is reversible is therefore isothermal, and vice versa. These reactions have a (delta)U of 0.

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Re: ΔU = 0?

Postby Jasmine Chow 1F » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:32 pm

Usually for isothermal delta U is zero. This is because if the equation from the first law of thermodynamics. 3/2nRT, when T equal zero delta U will be zero.

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Re: ΔU = 0?

Postby Danny Zhang 4L » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:11 am

Delta U=0 assumes an isothermal process because of delta U=(3/2)nR(delta T). When delta U is zero, delta T will have to be zero as well for the equation to be true.


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