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- Homework Statement
- Problem 1) Give one reversible and one irreversible example of a process whereby an ideal gas receives heat dQ and during which dW = -PdV.

Problem 2) If it is possible to go from thermodynamic state A of a given system (not necessarily isolated) to thermodynamic state B with an adiabatic process, but it is not possible to go from B to A adiabatically, then we must have S(B) > S(A).

- Relevant Equations
- $$PV^ γ = P_0 V_0 ^γ$$

**Attempt at A Solution**

__Problem 1__

Reversible Process - A cylinder of ideal gas at pressure P is in mechanical equilibrium with a piston of area A driven by a spring of force F = PA and thermal equilibrium with a reservoir of temperature T. The piston is moved a small distance dx toward the spring and clamped.

By the first law,

$$dU = dQ + dW$$

The process is isothermal

$$dU = 0$$

$$dQ = -dW$$

The work done on the gas is the force of the spring times its displacement

$$dW = Fdx$$

The spring force and gas pressure are in equilibrium.

$$F + PA = 0$$

$$F = -PA$$

Therefore

$$dW = -PAdx$$

$$dQ = PAdx$$

This process is reversible because unclamping the system, letting it return to equilibrium, would allow an opposite heat flow to return it to its original state through a spontaneous reverse process.

$$dW = F(-dx)$$

$$dW = -PA(-dx)$$

$$dW = PAdx$$

$$dQ = -PAdx$$

Irreversible Process - The same system, only with a hot reservoir that rapidly heats and thereby expands the gas.

__Problem 2__

If state B can be reached adiabatically from state A, then one or more adiabatic processes connect them. If any of those processes was reversible, then state A could be reached from state B adiabatically. However, state A cannot be reached from state B adiabatically. Therefore, every adiabatic process between A and B is irreversible.

Entropy is a state function. Therefore, the difference of entropy between two states is the same regardless of the process between them. Therefore, all possible processes between two states must change the entropy equivalently. Therefore, we may calculate the difference of entropy between two states by identifying a process between them. Here, we have recognized that an irreversible adiabatic process links A to B. Irreversible processes increase entropy. Therefore, the entropy of state B is greater than that of state A.

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