free expansion

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free expansion

Postby paytonm1H » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:10 pm

why, in free expansion, are work and heat transfer both equal to zero?

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Re: free expansion

Postby skyeblee2F » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:28 pm

Free expansion is an irreversible process in which a gas expands into an insulated evacuated chamber. Because it's insulated, there is no change in temperature and q=0. Because there is no external pressure and gas is moving freely, w=0 too.

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Re: free expansion

Postby Roberto Gonzalez 1L » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:31 pm

For free expansion there is no acting external pressure as it is in a vacuum and therefore no work being done. The insulation accounts for a lack of transfer of heat.

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