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However, isn't any closed loop on a PV diagram reversible? The arrows can simply be drawn in the reverse way to create a refrigerator. If any closed loop is reversible then why does the specific Carnot engine (a specific loop) have the highest efficiency? This was exactly the question I asked myself ten years ago :-) The problem is that often students ...


The other answers are great. I decided to plot it, however, because it's nice visualizing these things. Since your biggest doubt is about kinetic energy, be sure to pay attention to the last graph. SYSTEM. Motorcycle going to the left, truck going to the right, bound by an elastic rope ten meters long ($k=100\frac{\mathrm N}{\mathrm m}$). Masses and speeds ...

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