What is the work to compress a gas under constant external pressure?(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

It seems that it is supposed to be w = -P(ext)delta(V)

This equation is certainly true for expansion of a gas, is it also true for compression?

So if we have two gases, same initial conditions, same delta(v) under compression. One is compressed by 10 atm and the other by 5 atm. They end at the same volume, but have different work done on them?

The observational difference I can see is that the 10 atm compression would occur faster than the 5 atm compression. Is the work really a factor of 2 different?

Or, is work really dependent upon the lower of internal and external pressures, and the books talk about expansion more than compression?

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# Homework Help: Work to compress a gas (constant external pressure)

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