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Thermodynamics: Irreversible process and entropy

  1. Apr 3, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Hi !

    I'm stuck with these two questions of my assignment of thermodynamics

    - Give two exemples of irreversible process (initial state, process, final state)
    - For each of them, explain why they are irreversible on the microscopic scale.

    2. Relevant equations
    We are not asked any calculations here. I only need to describe with a few sentences.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    irreversible process => exemple : An engine (?) There's an irreversible process because of the Joule heating and frictions.
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  3. Apr 3, 2016 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    An irreversible thermodynamic process for an arbitrary system is one during which the system and surroundings are not in equilibrium. So think of any real process.

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