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reversible, isothermal expansion of a gas

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:29 pm
by Simrina Desar Dis 1H
Do we need to know how to do the problems (like in the green box on pg. 265 of the textbook) involving using the derivative to calculate the work of reversible, isothermal expansion of a gas?

Re: reversible, isothermal expansion of a gas

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:08 pm
by mayapartha_1D
Hi Simrina!

I don't believe we need to know this! Dr. Lavelle didn't really go over using derivatives in lecture.

Hope this helped,
Maya

Re: reversible, isothermal expansion of a gas

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:09 pm
by Gevork 2E
I think that the main idea behind that box in the book is for us to understand where work comes from. I do not see there being a specific question about it on a test. It also gives you a good idea about the relationship between pressure and volume and how work ties into that.

Hope this was helpful.