Examples of adiabatic systems

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Examples of adiabatic systems

Postby Liliana_1D » Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:16 pm

I'm still a bit confused as to how energy can be transferred to/from a system in an adiabatic container as work. How can the walls be insulating but not isolating?

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Re: Examples of adiabatic systems

Postby Chem_Mod » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:03 am

Would you be able to provide an example of what you are referring to?

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Re: Examples of adiabatic systems

Postby Celine_Ngo_3L » Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:11 am

An adiabatic system, by definition, is a system where there is no transfer of heat, but work instead. The walls are insulated, not isolated because insulated just means it prevents the flow of heat. Isolated walls would mean that there would be absolutely no exchange between the system and its surroundings. However, energy as work can still be transferred with an adiabatic container.

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Re: Examples of adiabatic systems

Postby Drake_Everlove_1K » Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:28 pm

Aren't insulated systems necessarily isolated? Unless the insulated system is open, but that wouldn't make sense, because then heat transfer could occur, correct?

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