Revsersible vs. Irreversible reactions


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Jessica Patzlaff 1A
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Revsersible vs. Irreversible reactions

Postby Jessica Patzlaff 1A » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:22 pm

Why does it matter whether a reaction is reversible or irreversible when calculating the entropy, and which equations are used for each scenario?

Nicole Nikolov 1K
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Re: Revsersible vs. Irreversible reactions

Postby Nicole Nikolov 1K » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:31 pm

In a reversible reaction, we are assuming that it is happening so slowly that no heat is lost to the surroundings. Therefore, the total change in entropy of the universe for a reversible reaction will be equal to zero, whereas the total change in entropy of the universe for an irreversible reaction will be greater than zero. The change in entropy of the two systems though, regardless of whether they are reversible or irreversible will be the same because entropy is a state variable.

Mishta Stanislaus 1H
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Re: Revsersible vs. Irreversible reactions

Postby Mishta Stanislaus 1H » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:39 pm

The equations also differ
reversible work, W=-nRTln(v2/v1)
irreversible work, W= -Pext (v2-v1)

Nathan Tu 2C
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Re: Revsersible vs. Irreversible reactions

Postby Nathan Tu 2C » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:46 pm

To add on to that, it should be noted that reversible reactions have provide the maximum amount of work where as irreversible reactions provide substantially less since there is energy loss to heat, friction, etc.


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