ΔS for Irreversible Expansion

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Ariel Fern 2B
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ΔS for Irreversible Expansion

Postby Ariel Fern 2B » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:07 pm

What equation do you use to calculate ΔS for an irreversible expansion? I know that pressure is constant and that work = -PΔV for irreversible expansion, so how does that translate into calculating ΔS? Thanks so much!

Maggie Eberhardt - 2H
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Re: ΔS for Irreversible Expansion

Postby Maggie Eberhardt - 2H » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:25 pm

my TA mentioned that you use the same equation, only a derived version that involves heat capacity. I know that's not very descriptive sorry I don't have my notes on me right now :/

SnehinRajkumar1L
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Re: ΔS for Irreversible Expansion

Postby SnehinRajkumar1L » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:26 pm

For irreversible expansion, the only thing that changes is the values of Stotal and Ssurr. In irreversible expansion, the change in entropy of the system is the same as Stotal. Calculate S using the equations for changes in volume, but Stotal = Ssystem because Ssurr is 0.

Charisse Vu 1H
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Re: ΔS for Irreversible Expansion

Postby Charisse Vu 1H » Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:31 pm

In the book, example 4I.3 explains this concept very well! I would go through that example and read some of the information in that section, as I believe the book explains delta S in more depth than what we covered in class.


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