Free Expansion


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Jonathan Christie 1I
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Free Expansion

Postby Jonathan Christie 1I » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:24 pm

How do we know if a reaction is undergoing free expansion?

arif_latif_2G
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Re: Free Expansion

Postby arif_latif_2G » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:47 pm

When work done by the system is negative.

Sara Lakamsani 4D
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Re: Free Expansion

Postby Sara Lakamsani 4D » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:50 pm

This means that no energy was put into the system to initiate expansion

Ariel Cheng 2I
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Re: Free Expansion

Postby Ariel Cheng 2I » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:51 pm

When a system expands, it is doing work on the surroundings which means it would be losing energy. Therefore, work is negative. If the surroundings were to do work on the system, then work would be positive because the system is gaining energy.


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