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Expansion Work

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:08 pm
by Michelle Steinberg2J
Section 8.3 of the textbook discusses expansion work. I'm have difficulty understanding expansion work vs. non expansion work. If someone could explain it further I would appreciate it!

Re: Expansion Work

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:23 pm
by Jeremiah Samaniego 2C
From what I understand, the main difference is that expansion work involves a change in volume whereas non-expansion work does not involve a change in volume (page 262 also defines both terms as such). On the same page, an example given for expansion work is an expanding gas inside a cylinder that pushes out against the atmosphere (the volume of the system is changing).

Re: Expansion Work

Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:36 pm
by Gurvardaan Bal1L
Expansion work is when you perform work(which is when you achieve motion against an opposing force), the changes the volume. A good example of this would be gas in a combustion chamber. As the gas pushes up the piston, there is now more volume in the combustion chamber, which is expansion. The formula for this would be

w = (external pressure) * (change in volume)

Non expansion work would be when work is performed without the volume changing. An example of this type of work would be walking around, lifting weights, etc.. basically any sort of exertion you have without changing the volume.

Re: Expansion Work

Posted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:51 pm
by mayasinha1B
I think that is right that non-expansion work is specifically work where volume does not change