using the first law


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Rita Chen 1B
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using the first law

Postby Rita Chen 1B » Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:06 am

When will I need to factor in both q and w? I’m a little confused.

haileyramsey-1c
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Re: using the first law

Postby haileyramsey-1c » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:20 pm

Typically the problem will indicate it. For example if the problem gives you delta H at constant pressure then delta H = q or if the problem says explicitly that 50J heat transferred. Or, the problem may have two steps and in one you find w and in the order you use w to find q.

Hailey Kim 4G
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Re: using the first law

Postby Hailey Kim 4G » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:25 pm

When the volume is constant, w=0. If the problem gives you the amount of energy that increased/decreased (q) after doing a certain amount of work (w) is when you can incorporate both q and w for the change in internal energy.

Dina Marchenko 2J
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Re: using the first law

Postby Dina Marchenko 2J » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:58 am

With constant pressure or volume, there is no expansion or compression work being done so w can be ignored. You don't really ignore q unless it's specifically stated that there is no heat transfer.


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