Question about thermodynamics first law

In summary, the equation dU = TdS - PdV is a physical property relationship that must be satisfied for any material. It describes the relationship between changes in internal energy, entropy, and volume between two closely neighboring thermodynamic equilibrium states. This equation is not specific to any process, reversible or irreversible, as it is based on state functions.
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I know that dS=dQ/T for reversible process,
is dU=TdS-PdV for reversible process only?
 
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Clara Chung said:
I know that dS=dQ/T for reversible process,
is dU=TdS-PdV for reversible process only?
This equation has nothing to do with any process. It is a physical property relationship that must be satisfied for any material, describing the relationship between the mutual changes in U, S, and V between and two closely neighboring thermodynamic equilibrium states of the material. This constraint is imposed as a consequence of the 2nd law of thermodynamics.
 
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Agree with Chestermiller, dU = TdS-pdV is nothing to do with the process, (reversible or irreversible), even though it is developed from the reversible process, since all of the qualities here are state functions. Therefore, they are just related to the state.
 

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