Irreversible Process


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Irreversible Process

Postby JChen_2I » Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:30 am

does an isothermal, irreversible free expansion mean there's no change in entropy of the surroundings?

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Re: Irreversible Process

Postby alex_4l » Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:26 am

Isothermal is when the temperature is constant even though heat and volume change very slowly so other properties can adjust (making it seem like temperature is constant). When heat is added, volume expands and the pressure changes. Isothermal shows that Delta U = Q - W = 0 because the internal energy does not change
With that being said, the work equation has to then take the integral of the change in pressure and the differential volume
Hope that helps!

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