Irreversible vs. Reversible Expansion

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Christine Chen 1H
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Irreversible vs. Reversible Expansion

Postby Christine Chen 1H » Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:42 pm

Can somebody explain to me the difference between irreversible and reversible expansion?

Henry Krasner 1C
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Re: Irreversible vs. Reversible Expansion

Postby Henry Krasner 1C » Mon Feb 04, 2019 4:47 pm

In reversible expansion, the system is in equilibrium with its surroundings, whereas irreversible expansion is not. Irreversible expansion increases entropy of the universe.

Simmi Diwanji 2B
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Re: Irreversible vs. Reversible Expansion

Postby Simmi Diwanji 2B » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:19 pm

A reversible process is always in equilibrium and always does more work than an irreversible process. An irreversible expansion means that there will be an entropy change in the system.

haleyervin7
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Re: Irreversible vs. Reversible Expansion

Postby haleyervin7 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:27 am

In real life, reversible reactions are unrealistic, but we use them to approximate. Almost all real reactions are irreversible.

Zubair Ahmed 1L
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Re: Irreversible vs. Reversible Expansion

Postby Zubair Ahmed 1L » Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:14 pm

A key difference between reversible and irreversible expansion is that a reversible reaction does more work than an irreversible reaction. Also, in the real world, irreversible reactions are much more realistic.


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