Intensive Property

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Jason Slater 3I
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Intensive Property

Postby Jason Slater 3I » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:28 pm

Can anyone explain why voltage is an intensive property? I understand that water density is intensive and loosely understand what it means to be intensive, but I don't understand why voltage is.

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Re: Intensive Property

Postby Khang_Tran_1O » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:43 pm

Since intensive property "is a physical property of a system that does not depend on the system size or the amount of material in the system," voltage is an intensive property because it does not change due to the size of the electrode or the amount of electrons transferred. What it depends on for any changes is the potential difference among metals.

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Re: Intensive Property

Postby Janice Kim 3I » Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:05 pm

Just think about voltage as a set measurement for certain reactions. For instance, 2 Ag+ (aq) + 2 e- ------> 2 Ag (s) will have a certain voltage value. It does not matter how much of the reactants or products there are. It is a set measurement independent of the amount.

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