The potential for a thermodynamic process to be reversed in time. Alternatively, a quantification of how far an irreversible process is from being reversible, which relies on a comparison to a corresponding theoretical reversible process.

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Does time symmetry still holds when a particle drops into a black hole?

When a particle drops into Earth, it hits the ground and rebounds, if time reverse, it is equivalent to another particle moves with same speed but opposite direction. But at the case that a particle ...
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Heat loss by gas compression - reversible vs. irreversible

I just solved a problem involving the following scenario: A gas following the van der Waals equation of state (not an ideal gas) is placed in a cylinder and undergoes isothermal compression. The ...
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“Irreversibility” of the RG flow

In his remarkable work, Zamolodchikov proved a theorem regarding two dimensional QFT Renormalization Group (RG) flow, describing a monotonically decreasing function in the flow parameter which is ...
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How to calculate quantum cost of a reversible logic circuit?

I am trying to develop new reversible logic synthesis algorithm. But I need a good quantum cost measure for a synthesized circuit to compare my results with existing ones. For now I'm using RCViewer+ ...
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Thermodynamics and Newton's second law

Is it correct to say, that the Newton's laws (or a Newtonian system) is reversible if the friction isn't considered (the fact that the time is of second order $\frac{d^2x}{dt^2}$) and an isolated ...
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Reversible expansion paradox

consider a mole of an ideal gas enclosed in a container with a mass-less piston undergoing isothermal reversible expansion. now we know that in an reversible process the system and the environment ...
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Mathematical definition of reversible processes

If I label an initial thermodynamic state as $\psi$ and the final thermodynamic state as $\xi$ then can I say that under a reversible process the two states are related to each other by a continuous ...
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Dissipative forces and reversible processes

A book that I have contains the following lines: For a process to be reversible, the dissipative forces such as viscosity and friction should be absent. My question is why?
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A mass falls to the ground from a height. What's the change of the entropy of the universe?

A mass $m$ falls to the ground from a height $h$. The temperature $T$ is constant. What's the change of the entropy of the universe? It's an example in Carter's Classical and Statistical ...
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How to interpret irreversibility in time?

I'll quote Feynman's Lectures, chapter 52 (Symmetry in Physical Laws) of volume 1: [...] If we see the egg splattering on the sidewalk and the shell cracking open, and so on, then we will surely ...
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What is the physical implication of Clausius inequality?

Clausius inequality is given as: $$\oint \frac{\delta Q_\text{res}}{T_\text{res}} \le 0\;.$$ From Carnot cycle, we get the equality relation as the entropy lost by the hot reservoir is the same as ...
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Why does slow compression of a gas doesn't change its entropy to increase?

This is quoted from Daniel V Schroeder's Thermal Physics: It's interesting to think about why the slow compression of a gas doesn't change its entropy to increase. One way to think about it is to ...
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A question about thermodynamic reversible process [closed]

I am a new learner of thermodynamics, and I have a question in my assignment: Show that $W$ and $Q$ for an arbitraty mechanically reversible nonflow process are given by: $$W=\int VdP - ...
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How is one process reversible and its reverse non-reversible?

My textbook gives this example of a reversible process: A gas in a piston is expanded over a long period of time, sitting on a hot plate that maintains its temperature. As an infinitesimal amount of ...
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Reversible adiabatic process

I was studying some basic thermodynamics concepts and I noticed that in reversible processes in my book always the adiabatic word is used. So are all reversible processes adiabatic? (ques 1) Or ...
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What experiment supports the axiom that quantum operations are reversible?

Among the axioms of quantum mechanics there is one axiom that says transformations of a quantum state need to be continuous, linear, and reversible (and this together with the other axioms results in ...
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Is lost work always positive? How to approve?

I am dealing with a question asking for comment on the sign of lost work. The case is to consider an irreversible process and a reversible process which share the same starting and ending state. Is ...
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How to prove mathematically that the work done during irreversible process is least due to viscosity stress?

This is a known fact that the work done by the system is maximum during reversible processes & least during irreversible processes owing to the viscosity stresses. But can we prove it ...
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Must irreversible heat transfer be quasistatic?

Suppose there is an isolated system composed of two subsystems $A$ and $B$ in thermal contact with each other, but mechanically and diffusively insulated from each other. The system starts off with a ...
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Calculation of entropy change in irreversible cycles, meaning of $\delta Q/T$ in irreversible processes

Let's take the two cycles in the pictures working with an ideal gas. We perform one, and then perform the other. The cycle is made reversible by making the gas exchange heat with a heat bath having ...
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Difference between a reversible change and a reversible process?

Question In thermodynamics what is the difference between a reversible change and a reversible process? Additional information I am new to the topic of thermodynamics and getting confused about ...
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What is reversible and irreversible process? Can process below even be irreversible?

I heard the definitions, but I have much trouble understanding them. My teacher told me that in an example with two chambers and gas particles (look below) entropy increases, but I cannot understand ...
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If entropy is a state function, then why is all the talk about reversible vs. irreversible processes?

So I'm preparing for my Thermodynamics undergrad exam, and I just can't wrap my head around the significance of reversibility vs. irreversibility of a process in relation to entropy. I mean if entropy ...
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Why dU may not equals dW in free expansion?

From a video lecture, it is mentioned that "dU≠dW in Joule's free expansion if the process is irreversible and adiabatic" Mentioned in around 36:00-38:00 in the video: ...
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Definition of an irreversible process

I'm a little bit confused as to why quasi-static process cannot lose energy to friction in order to be reversible. This is how I'm thinking: Suppose you have a container of gas with a piston, and on ...
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How can a reversible adiabatic expansion not increase entropy?

In the second stage of the Carnot cycle, a gas is thermally insulated and allowed to expand and do work on the piston. I understand the reason people give is that because entropy is $\,dS = \,dQ/T$ ...
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Generalized Onsager Relation

The usual Onsager reciprocity relations states the first order kinetic coefficients form a symmetric matrix. Are there any such relations (from time reversal symmetry) for higher order kinetic ...
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Internal reversibility

The concept of reversibility always gives me a hard time.In a reversible process the change of entropy is zero. On the other hand for irreversible process it is not.But there comes another topic which ...
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What happens to magnetic $B$-field in a superconductor in the Bean model?

In the Bean model, as we start applying a magnetic field $H$ in the plane of a slab, the $B$-field inside the superconductor decreases linearly from each side, and at a sufficiently high field $H^{*}$ ...
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CP violation and arrow of time

Does CP (and thus T) violation imply a definite arrow of time? How does it relate to the thermodynamic one? Does the microscopic irreversibility reflect itself to macroscopic level? If not why?
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What are the state variables like temperature after the system has done an adiabatic irreversible process? [closed]

Consider a system containing ideal gas which is initially at a volume $V_{1}$ and then suddenly its volume is increased to a volume $V_{2}$. What is the final temperature of the system if the initial ...
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Apparent Contradiction in Helmholtz Free Energy

I am looking at some mathematics of HelmHoltz free energy. Naturally, wikipedia is one of the (hopefully) more reliable sources of information. In its derivation section, the last equation states that ...
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Significance of Reversible and Irreversible Process

I would like to ask the following questions: What is the significance of reversible and irreversible nature of thermodynamic process? (I understand that reversible processes are quasi-static, ...
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Physics without time

The structure of physical law as we generally recognize it today is firmly held together by the existence of time. Although physical laws can both predict and retrodict (reversible time does not break ...
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Entropy change in an irreversible process between 2 equilibrium state

Calculating entropy change in an irreversible process between 2 states requires computing the change in entropy for any reversible process between the 2 same states, but why? If someone could provide ...
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Are reversible and irreversible processes frame dependent?

since it is all about time. If I have a look at an irreversible process from a frame where time runs really slow. is there a possibility of considering that process reversible from that frame?
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Necessity of infinitesimal steps for reversible processes

Is there a mathematical proof for why a reversible process is one that has many infinitesimal equilibrium steps, rather than fewer large steps? Maybe something along the lines of this?: ...
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Why can't irreversible process be reversed by infinitesimal steps?

Irreversible process is the one in which the system undergoes rapid change from initial state to the final state. Now, if I want to reverse the state of the system, why can't be it possible? I know ...
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Reversible and Quasi-static processes

Do we have any proof that reversible processes are always quasi-static or is it just a fact that hasn't been violated till date? If there is a proof then please provide a link.
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assumption of molecular chaos and the Loschmidt paradox

The assumption of molecular chaos says the velocities of two colliding particles are uncorrelated and also independent of time. Boltzmann actually used this assumption in his formulation of the ...
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Definition of Entropy for reversible and irreversible process

$\int \dfrac{\delta Q}{T}$ can't be used to calculate entropy of an irreversible process. If you happen to know heat supplied and temperature at which it is supplied for just an instant. Can you then ...
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Entropy of loops in the PV plane

The change in entropy of the Carnot and reversible cycles is said to be 0. Several other loops are supposed to have a non-negative change in entropy. This presents 2 problems which I cannot ...
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Reversibility in classical mechanics

I am watching Susskind's 'Theoretical Minimum' videos. At one point in his course on classical mechanics (2nd video if I remember correctly) he affirms that Netwon's second law of motion makes ...
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Unitarity of a transformation, and reversibility, imply one another?

Are these concepts equivalent? And if not, which one implies the other one? A transformation $\hat U$ is unitary when $\hat U^{-1} = \hat U^{\dagger}$. A reversible transformation $\hat A$ admits an ...
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Entropy Change in an irreversible process

I have just started learning thermodynamics and the concept of entropy confuses me. Suppose I have a gas in a cylindrical container fitted with a piston. I take it through an adiabatic irreversible ...
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Entropy change in irreversible heat flow

For an irreversible heat flow from an object $A$ at temperature $T_A$ and another object $B$ at temperature $T_B < T_A$ , I'd like to know how to evaluate the change in entropy using the following ...
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Does positron-electron annihilation preserve enough info to reverse exactly

An electron-positron annihilation can produce a pair of gamma rays. In the reverse process, known as pair production, can the gamma rays carry enough information to determine the resulting ...
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Is the reversible process possible

When I was studying about heat engine, specifically Carnot cycle, I though the assumptions to be impossible. Then why one should study all these? What would reversibility mean in reality?
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What is the connection between the non-reversibility of the decay of unstable nuclei (as Uranium, Plutonium) and the 2nd principle of thermodynamics?

The 2nd principle of the thermodynamics says that if a system (e.g. an ideal gas) is left undisturbed, its number of microscopic states only increases. This is a statement of irreversibility of the ...
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Change in Shannon entropy of a quantum circuit of Hadamard gate and a loop

The following Q&A about reversible computing is available here. It has listed a number of practical scenarios where a reversible circuit can still be dissipating heat. Let's assume that none of ...