All the processes we have dealt with so far when

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Unformatted text preview: ≠ T3 Slowly pouring sand onto the piston is a reversible process while dropping a large load at once is not. Why is that? Every time we add a grain of sand, we only slightly disturb equilibrium. In the limit when we add, infinitely slowly, infinitesimal weights, the system remains in equilibrium all the time. On the other hand when we drop a large weight, our gas finds itself far out of equilibrium at first. We then can conjecture that REVERSIBLE PROCESS = (QUASI)EQUILIBRIUM PROCESS It turns out t...
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2011 for the course CH 52635 taught by Professor Makarov during the Spring '11 term at University of Texas.

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