Thermodynamic processes that occur without exchanging heat between the system and its environment.

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### Work done in adiabatic process

When we try to establish a relation between the pressure and temperature in adiabatic process we come across a equation.. $dU = dq - PdV$ $dq=0$ (Adiabatic process) and, $dU=C_v.dT$ (Heat capacity ...
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### Formula for molar specific heat capacity in polytropic process

I found this formula for a polytropic process, defined by $PV^n = {\rm constant}$, in a book: $$C = \frac R{\gamma-1} + \frac R{1-n}$$ where $C$ is molar specific heat and $\gamma$ is adiabatic ...
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### The notion of an adiabatic process in thermodynamics -vs- quantum mechanics

I'm confused about the terminology in the two contexts since I can't figure out if they have a similar motivation. Afaik, the definitions state that quantum processes should be very slow to be called ...
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### Adiabatic Quantum Computing: why not just set the system in its problem Hamiltonian $H_{P}$ immediately?

Background: In any adiabatic quantum computer (AQC) algorithm, we solve problems in the following manner: We have an initial Hamiltonian, $H_{0}$, whose ground state is easy to find, and a problem ...
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### How is this process not quasi-static yet reversible?

Consider a (adiabatic) canister with a piston containing some gas kept in a vacuum. There are two weights on the canister which equalize the pressure of the gas on the piston. Assume the system is at ...
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### Isentropic processes

I'm having trouble understanding why reversible adiabatic processes are isentropic. I understand that in a reversible adiabatic process there is no heat exchange and so $dQ = TdS = 0.$ However, if ...
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### How do you explain the fact that when air expands freely into an evacuated chamber from a constant pressure atmosphere, its temperature increases?

I came across this paper: Baker, B. (1999). An easy to perform but often counterintuitive demonstration of gas expansion. American Journal of Physics, 67(8), 712-713. http://scitation.aip.org/...
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### What is the difference between reversible and irreversible adiabatic expansion?

What is the difference between reversible and irreversible adiabatic expansion? Is it true that the work done by the gas is the same but the pressure applied externally differ between two process? ...
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### Speed of a process in thermodynamics

As per my understanding, all adiabatic processes carried out in absence of an adiabatic wall need to be fast enough so that there is no heat exchange with the surrounding. Similarly, all isothermal ...
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### Adiabatic theorem and Berry phase

As far as I can check, the adiabatic theorem in quantum mechanics can be proven exactly when there is no crossing between (pseudo-)time-evolved energy levels. To be a little bit more explicit, one ...
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### Why does a gas get hot when suddenly compressed? What is happening at the molecular level?

My guess is that the molecules of gas all have the same speed as before, but now there are much more collisions per unit area onto the thermometer, thus making the thermometer read a higher ...
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### How slow is a reversible adiabatic expansion of an ideal gas?

A truly reversible thermodynamic process needs to be infinitesimally displaced from equilibrium at all times and therefore takes infinite time to complete. However, if I execute the process slowly, I ...
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### Change in entropy of two isolated systems merged into one system

From Statistical Physics, 2nd Edition by F. Mandl: Two vessels contain the same number $N$ molecules of the same perfect gas. Initially the two vessels are isolated from each other, the gases being ...
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### Does “IF isentropic THEN reversible” only holds for adiabatic processes?

I know that: IF adiabatic and reversible THEN isentropic First question: does the implication IF isentropic THEN reversible hold for adiabatic processes? Second Question: if yes to the above, are ...
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### Are sound waves adiabatic or isothermal?

I am doing a presentation on sound waves and I need to know if they are adiabatic or isothermal. I know that they can generate heat, but is the amount of heat created so small that it can still be ...