expansion of ideal gas


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expansion of ideal gas

Postby inlovewithchemistry » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:39 am

When calculating the total entropy change for the expansion of an ideal gas, why can we assume that deltaU=0 and therefore q=-w? I don't understand the logic behind this and may be missing something.

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Re: expansion of ideal gas

Postby Sara Flynn 2C » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:17 am

if an ideal gas is expanding isothermally that means that it is happening at a constant temperature and this can happen because as the system is expanding and the volume is increasing and the work is being done, the temperature is being kept constant by heat that is flowing into the system to maintain the temperature. So the work is equal to the amount of heat flowing back into the system

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