Reversible and Irreversible Expansion/Compression: Quiz-Yourself Simulation

This simulation was prepared using Mathematica. Download the free Wolfram player, and then download the simulation CDF file (link given below or click on figure to download). This simulation tests your understanding by identifying isothermal and adiabatic curves on P-T and P-V diagrams.

In this Demonstration, the user identifies isothermal, reversible-adiabatic, and irreversible-adiabatic processes of an ideal gas in a step-by-step procedure. Upon starting and whenever “new problem” is selected, the Demonstration selects either an expansion or a compression process, and either a pressure-temperature or pressure-volume diagram. Select your answer from the possible options (a, b, c, d, e) and then select “show solution” to see the correct answer. The “hint” button provides a hint for each step, and once “show solution” is selected, the user cannot go back.¬†