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Clarisse Wikstrom 1H
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Postby Clarisse Wikstrom 1H » Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:56 pm

What exactly is q(REV) and how does it differ from q? Why is the (REV) significant, since when solving for deltaS we tend to replace it with deltaH anyways?


Yutian Zhao -1J
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Re: q(REV)

Postby Yutian Zhao -1J » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:15 pm

same question!

Nicole Anisgard Parra 2H
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Re: q(REV)

Postby Nicole Anisgard Parra 2H » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:16 pm

qREV is just used to remind us that the reaction we are conducting has the heat transfer undertaken reversibly.

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Re: q(REV)

Postby Vincent Tse 1K » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:18 pm

Nicole's right.

To add on to significance: Remember that during last friday's lecture Dr. Lavelle showed us two different processes--reversible and irreversible.
In reversible expansion, the temperature is constant, the volume increases, and the pressure decreases. The work done is the area under the curve (remember the PV diagram!), which can be calculated using the more annoying w = -nRTln(V2/V1) formula.
In irreversible expansion, the temperature ISNT constant, but the pressure is (while the volume increases). Work done is again the area under the curve, but since it's a straight line, you just find the area of the rectangle under the line (see the PV diagram). Basically, w = -PΔV.

So yeah, this is the "extra info" implied by the rev.

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