When to use w= -P∆V


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Remi Lathrop 1G
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When to use w= -P∆V

Postby Remi Lathrop 1G » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:44 pm

Does your system have to be at constant pressure and isothermal in order to use the equation w = -P∆V? I've come across a few problems where I tried to use it but got it wrong, was wondering if the system changing temperature is the reason I'm missing these questions?

Dylan Davisson 2B
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Re: When to use w= -P∆V

Postby Dylan Davisson 2B » Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:48 pm

For the equation w = -P∆V to work properly, it just has to be under constant external pressure. Temperature does not affect this part of the equation at all, because it deals with work. But if you are trying to calculate the change in internal energy, you have to make sure that you add the heat applied to the work (deltaU= q + w).

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