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Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in Physical Chemistry | 1 comment

Understanding State Functions and Reversible Paths

First it is never possible to obtain a true reversible path. It is an idealized case in which at every step along the way the system (the ball) is in equilibrium with its surroundings. Clearly if something is at equilibrium there is no noticeable change. Hence one says that a reversible process happens so slowly that equilibrium is always maintained.

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