Isothermal Changes


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Abigail Volk 1F
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Isothermal Changes

Postby Abigail Volk 1F » Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:06 am

An isothermal change is when the temperature remains constant... but how is it able to exchange heat with its surroundings without the temperature rising or lowering? Would isothermal changes always be apart of an isolated system then?

Danah Albaaj 1I
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Re: Isothermal Changes

Postby Danah Albaaj 1I » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:59 am

With an isothermal process, the heat is equal to the opposite of the work value, remember the equation ∆U=q+w. The first law of thermodynamics, relating to the law of conservation of matter and energy explains why when a process is isothermal ∆U=0, q=-w. As long as you are capable of calculating the work, you can find the heat of the system.

Sarkis Sislyan 1D
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Re: Isothermal Changes

Postby Sarkis Sislyan 1D » Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:44 pm

Remember heat does not equal temperature. Isothermal means temperature is held constant, but heat is not restricted. As a result, deltaU equals 0. When we plug this into the first law of thermodynamics equation of deltaU=q+w, we get q=-w.

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