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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Hysteresis and dissipation

Hysteretic phenomena are often linked to dissipation. When there is an hysteresis loop, the dissipated energy can usually be computed as the area of the cycle. For example, in ferromagnetic ...
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Work done in adiabatic reversible process

I was solving a problem on turbine.the steam works on turbine adiabatic reversibly .Is change in enthalpy or is it change in internal energy which equal this work?
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Is it possible for a system to become irreversible?

Imagine a ball bouncing in a box for a long time. We know, there is a certain path it can go to bounce off infinitely (see the image). If it gets to this state, it will never be able to get back ...
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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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What ds>dQ/T mean?

I read the derivation on page 216 over here: https://www3.nd.edu/~powers/ame.20231/notes.pdf First it considers an irreversible process between state 1 and 2 followed by a reversible process between ...
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Increase in entropy principle

If we consider a system to undergo an irreversible process from state 1 to state 2 and a reversible process from state 2 to state 1, then through Clausius inequality $\int_{1}^{2} \frac{\delta ...
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Reversible and Irreversible Process

I would like to ask a specific conceptual question which bothers me for quite some time! First of all i do know the difference in between reversible and irreversible processes. What is thought in ...
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Definition of entropy in thermodynamics

In most textbooks, the definition of entropy in reversible processes on a system $S$ is given simply as $$d S=\delta Q/T.$$ It seems to me this definition is insufficient since it does not specify ...
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T-Symmetry and spatial symmetry of a multivariate conserved quantity

Definition: A reversible system is defined to be any second-order system that is invariant under the map. $t \mapsto -t$ $y \mapsto -y$ Suppose there exists a multivariate function ...
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Why is heat transfer reversible when temperature difference is infinitesimal?

I don't understand why heat transfer from hot reservoir to the system is considered reversible in this case: $T_{reservoir}$ = $T_{system}$ + dT but it's considered irreversible in this case: ...
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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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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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Melting ice: reversible or irreversible?

I am looking into whether the melting of ice (or any substance for that matter) at constant pressure and temperature is reversible or irreversible. Different sources say different things, and it may ...
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Reversible process, equivalence of two definitions?

There are two common definitions of a reversible process: A reversible processes is quasistatic with no dissipation. And A process where an infinitesimal change in conditions would reverse ...
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Not Quasi-static, yet reversible process? Is this a valid example?

Imagine a gas (at room temp. and pressure) enclosed in a thermally insulating spherical container. At some instant, the container instantly expands symmetrically (radially outward) to, say, twenty ...
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Question about reversible heat engine efficiency

I have a question regarding heat engines that cropped up whilst I was doing a practice question. I will summarise the results I obtained for the previous parts of the question so as to save your time. ...
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What Feynman meant in description of reversible machine and levers

In chapter four of the part one of the lectures, he mentions: (..) A machine that we actually use can be, in a sense, almost reversible: that is, if it will lift the weight of three by lowering ...
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Entropy generation during irreversible adiabatic expansion

During irreversible adiabatic expansion entropy is generated. It means that the gas expands to as greater volume than that during reversible adiabatic expansion for the same change in pressure. How ...
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Why is entropy of system same for reversible and irreversible processes? [closed]

I read that entropy change of universe is zero in a reversible process but positive in a irreversible process,then doesn't it mean that entropy change of system of both the processes must be ...
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How to conceptually identify reversible and irreversible processes?

When I studied thermodynamics for the first time I didn't really get much the conceptual understanding on reversibility, but nonetheless I've got a rough understanding and a mathematical criterion for ...
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Free expansion of ideal gas, transient phase (3 questions)

We all know the classic scenario of free expansion. A contained gas expands into a vaccum and in the end we have $\Delta T = \Delta U = \Delta H = 0$ and $\Delta S = R \ln \frac{V_2}{V_1}$. This is ...
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Difference between throtling and adiabatic expansion

Throttling process is an isoenthalpic process.$$U+PV=constant.$$ during throttling process does the gas do work at the cost of internal energy such that its temperature decreases? Then what is the ...
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Reversibility and isothermal processes

I would like to know why any reversible process has to be isothermal, according to my sources. Why canĀ“t we consider adiabatic processes to be reversible? EDITED ...
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reversible vs irreversible work for adiabatic process

I have a gas transitioning adiabatically between A ($P_1$, $V_1$) and B ($P_2$, $V_2$) where $P_1>P_2$ and $V_2>V_1$. The question is to determine the net work done on the gas if the gas is ...
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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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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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Entropy change in a calorimetry problem

A standard textbook problem has us calculate the change in entropy in a system that undergoes some sort of heat exchange. For example, object $A$ has specific heat $c_a$ and initial temperature $T_A$ ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Irreversible heat engines strictly less efficient than reversible ones

I understand how Carnot's theorem implies that irreversible heat engines must be no more efficient than reversible one's, but it is less clear why they need to be less efficient, as I have seen stated ...
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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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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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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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Hawking radiation and reversibility

It's often said that, as long as the information that fell into a black hole comes out eventually in the Hawking radiation (by whatever means), pure states remain pure rather than evolving into mixed ...
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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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Why do reversible processes not increase the entropy of the universe infinitesimally?

The book Commonly Asked Questions in Thermodynamics states: When we refer to the passage of the system through a sequence of internal equilibrium states without the establishment of equilibrium ...