Reversible and Irreversible Expansion/Compression Processes: Interactive Simulation

This simulation runs in your browser. Try to predict the behavior when a parameter changes before using a slider to change that parameter. A screencast below explains how to use this simulation.

Simulation: Reversible and Irreversible Expansion or Compression Work

Try to answer these questions before determining the answer with the simulation. We suggest that you write down the reasons for your answers.

  1. Starting from the same initial conditions, which process will have a larger final volume after compression to the same final pressure? reversible adiabatic or reversible isothermal? Why?
  2. Starting from the same initial conditions, which process will have a larger volume after expansion to the same final pressure? reversible adiabatic or reversible isothermal? Why?