Suppose some system undergoes an irreversible process. It was initially in some state of thermal equilibrium at some pressure volume, temperature (thermal equilibrium means simply that quantities like temperature are well defined) and it evolves into another state of thermal equilibrium at some (other) volume, temperature, pressure. The entropy in this new state will, in general, be different. The total entropy of the system and the rest of the universe will always become larger or stay the same. If the total entropy has become larger, then the process is irreversible. This is because to restore the old state of the system plus rest of the universe would require the total entropy to go down, which is impossible.
Suppose then that we are given a certain irreversible process. The total entropy thus increases. Nevertheless, in practice we are not interested to what happens to the rest of the universe. All we care about is the system that evolves from some initial state of thermal equilibrium to some final state of thermal equilibrium. Then, we can just as well consider realizing the same change to the system in a different way so that the whole process is reversible. It turns out that this is always possible.
Simple example: Consider a cylinder filled with a gas at some temperature. Suppose you take some cloth and rub it against the cylinder, thereby heating it via friction. Clearly, this is an irreversible process. Work is being dissipated as heat. I think that it ...
We explain how one can apply the equation dS = dq/T to compute entropy increase for irreversible processes by considering a few examples.
Mathematically defining that a process is reversible
I have a question about relations for a process even though I am unsure about the scope of this. Still I wonder about a mathematical relation for the following:
I wonder about how one defines mathematically that a process is reversible for a process that has both pressure and temperature differences from definition of total entropy.
Is there a mathematical way to show how much a factor the temperature is and how much a factor the pressure is for an ideal gas and then find a situation where the process is reversible for a state that has both pressure and temperature differences that is that dS_tot=0? That is finding a way to express dS_tot while only using p, T, V and C_v as variables while there are pressure and temperature differnces and showing where the values of T and p are that creates dS_tot=0
Even if it would only be a strict mathematic definition it could be really helpful!
I need a computer written answer with mathematical signs. I hope it is ok.View Full Posting Details