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Postby Michelle Song 1G » Tue Jan 29, 2019 6:37 pm

Why do you have to take the natural log of V2/V1?

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Re: 4B.13b

Postby KimGiang2F » Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:55 pm

The equation w=-nRT(ln(V2/V1)), is the standard integral of the original equation, dw=-(nRT/V)dV. A reversible process is one that can be reversed by an infinitely small change (so small that the change is not measurable) in a variable. Therefore, the total work done within a process is the sum (integral) of these infinitely small changes, in addition, to the volume going from its initial value to its final value. Essentially, dw must be integrated from the initial to the final volume with nRT remaining constant.

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