Thermodynamic Process

(i) Adiabatic Process: When a process is carried out under such conditions that no exchange of heat takes place between the system and its surrounding, the process is called adiabatic.

Ex: The sudden bursting of a cycle tube. If the process is exothermic the heat evolved will remain in the system and, therefore, the temperature of the system rises and vice versa.

ii) Isothermal Process: The process which occurs at constant temperature is called isothermal. In an isothermal change the temperature is kept constant by adding heat or taking it away from the substance. So in an isothermal process the system exchanges heat with the surroundings.

iii) Isobaric Process: If the pressure of the system remains constant during each step of the change in the state of a system, this process is said to be an isobaric process.

iv) Isochoric process: A process is defined to be isochoric if the volume of the system remains constant during the process.

First law of Thermodynamics :

Energy may be converted from one form to another, but it is impossible to create or destroy it. There are various ways of expressing the first law of thermodynamics. Some of the selected statements are given below

i) When work is transformed into heat or heat into work, the quantity of work is mechanically equivalent to the quantity of heat.

ii) Energy of an isolated system must remain constant, although it may be transformed from one form to another.

iii) Energy in one form, if it disappears will make its appearance in an exactly equivalent in another form.

iv) It is never possible to construct a perceptual motion machine that could produce work without consuming any energy.

Mathematical Formulation of the First Law :

Suppose a system absorbs a quantity of heat q and its state change form A to B (fig – I). This heat is used up,

i) In increasing the internal energy of the system i.e, ΔE = EB − EA

ii) To do some external work ‘ w ‘ by the system on its surroundings.

From the first law, we get.

Heat observed by the system = its internal energy + work done by the system.

∴ q = ΔE + w ……(i)

Also Read :

→Thermodynamic Process
→ Differential form of the First Law
→ Workdone in Thermodynamics
→ Adiabatic Process (Reversible)
→ Heat Capacity
→ Thermochemistry

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