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### reversible vs irreversible

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:21 pm
im still confused as to how reversible and irreversible process work in thermodynamics? can someone please explain the concepts and how they relate with entropy?

### Re: reversible vs irreversible

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:06 pm
I can explain part of your question. Basically work is being done in a reversible process but not for an irreversible process. When work is being done, q(surr) exists therefore entropy change of the surroundings does too. This will usually equal the entropy change of the system making total entropy change 0. In an irreversible process no work is done so q(surr) = 0 therefore change in S of surroundings is 0 as well. This means delta S system equals delta S total.

### Re: reversible vs irreversible

Posted: Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:58 pm
Work can certainly be done in both reversible and irreversible processes, but more work is done in reversible processes. Work and entropy relate through the equation deltaS=-w/T.

### Re: reversible vs irreversible

Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:58 pm
Agree with Matthew above, work is definitely done in an irreversible process, it's just much smaller as the changes in the volume are much smaller than those in a reversible process, and occurs much more slowly.