W as a maximum


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Carlos Gonzales 1H
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W as a maximum

Postby Carlos Gonzales 1H » Sat Jan 27, 2018 10:19 pm

What is the significance of W being a maximum at equilibrium for an isolated system?

Kevin Tabibian 1A
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Re: W as a maximum

Postby Kevin Tabibian 1A » Sat Jan 27, 2018 11:41 pm

This signifies that when there are more possible states available that a substance will be more stable (at equilibrium)

Ethan Vuong 3G
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Re: W as a maximum

Postby Ethan Vuong 3G » Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:10 am

so in the situation that it is at equilibrium, is w reversible then? Is the reversible just the negative of the maximum?

Simrina Desar Dis 1H
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Re: W as a maximum

Postby Simrina Desar Dis 1H » Sun Jan 28, 2018 4:26 pm

To add on to this idea:
Since the W is a maximum for the isolated system at equilibrium, entropy is also a maximum at equilibrium.


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