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Sophia Dinh 1D
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Work

Postby Sophia Dinh 1D » Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:25 am

Why do you need to use different equations for irreversible and reversible work?

KeyaV1C
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Re: Work

Postby KeyaV1C » Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:46 pm

Irreversible expansion occurs against a constant external pressure so the equation is just w= - P* Δ V. Reversible expansion has a pressure that keeps changing so then the equation is w= -nRT ln(V2/V1)

Amir Bayat
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Re: Work

Postby Amir Bayat » Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:52 pm

irreversible work has a constant pressure so you can simply take it out of the integral


However, reversible work can have a changing pressure, thus the equation changes as both work and the volume change. We must then define pressure in the changing factors it has of nRT, where temperature or the molar concentrations change.


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