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List for Initial Conditions?

  1. Sep 25, 2010 #1
    Hello Everyone,

    Is there a list online somewhere of which variable values are 0 and why (conceptually), based on initial conditions? Like I know that for a system at constant volume, w=0. I am looking for a list for the other effects like isothermal, adiabatic, what does pressure= if there is expansion in a vacume (0?), isobaric, and such things like that. Thanks in advance!

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  3. Sep 25, 2010 #2
    I don't understand the question, more detail is better. What are the initial conditions? Presumably you are trying to solve some differential equation?

    The example doesn't help me understand because "w" could be anything.
  4. Sep 25, 2010 #3
    I am trying to find a list of what happens to the equations under conditions like, constant volume means work, or technically dw is 0. I know the equations (sorta) but don't know which terms will go to 0 under conditions likeisothermal expansion, expansion into a vacume, heating at constant pressure, adiabatic compression etc. when trying to find the values of q(heat),w(work),deltaU and deltaH given Volume and Temperature expanding in a vacume, for example, I got all 0s which I know is wrong. So I am looking for a list that can show me how the equations are affected by these conditions, or processes. Then I can figure out those 4 variables for a process which involves severel different processes sequential to each other.

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