Clausius Inequality  [ENDORSED]

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Clausius Inequality

Postby Payton Kammerer 2B » Sat Mar 14, 2020 6:10 pm

"If qrev in the definition of entropy DS = q(rev)/T is replaced by the smaller quantity q(irrev), then DS = q(irrev)/T. In general, the Clausius inequality is
DS >= q/T
with the equality applicable to a reversible process."

Why is this applicable to a reversible process if we are using the q(irrev) instead of q(rev)????

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Re: Clausius Inequality  [ENDORSED]

Postby Chem_Mod » Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:48 pm

Think of the example I did in class with hot system and cold surroundings.

Since T(h) > T(c) then q/T(h) < q/T(c) and the sum of these is positive.

They are only equal to each other at equilibrium, in this case thermal equilibrium, and if both are the same temperature we know there is no heat flow.
Hence the definition of delta S (total) = 0 for systems at equilibrium.

Hope this helps.

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