Gas Expansion


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Joyce Gu 1E
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Gas Expansion

Postby Joyce Gu 1E » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:24 pm

If ΔU=0, why would gas expand?

Virpal Gill 1B
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Re: Gas Expansion

Postby Virpal Gill 1B » Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:14 pm

Because maybe there is more volume available to it. If it expanded isothermally, then the kinetic and potential energies of the molecules would still be the same, so the internal energy would remain the same. However, if the temperature changed during expansion, the internal energy would not remain the same. It would increase if temperature was raised and decrease if temperature was lowered.

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