Problem: If a system does not change its volume during the course of a process, does it do pressure-volume work?

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We’re being asked to determine if a system can do pressure-volume work when its volume does not change during the course of a process.


Recall that pressure-volume work (w) is given by:


w=-PΔV


where: 

P = pressure (in atm)

ΔV = Vfinal – Vinitial = change in volume (in L)


From the given equation, we can see that the pressure P is constant


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If a system does not change its volume during the course of a process, does it do pressure-volume work?

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