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As I am new to Stack Exchange, I happened to see the question only now and mine is a belated answer. If Mark is still interested in an answer, then: It is a good question gaining added strength with the EDIT. For thermodynamic analysys, a process must connect two equilibrium states A, B of a system. Take a state C of the system on the way from A to B. We ...


Thermodynamics has simple answers to offer regarding reversibility or otherwise of a given process. For a process to be reversible, it must be reversible at every point along the path ie, the system must be in equilibrium, both internally having well defined values for its properties such as temperature, pressure , internal energy etc., and externally with ...

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