A visualization of reversible vs nonreversible processes

A visualization of reversible vs nonreversible processes

A visualization of reversible vs nonreversible processes

08/08/17

“What exactly is the difference between reversible and non-reversible systems?”

 

Reversible and non-reversible systems are two of the most fundamental and confusing concepts in thermodynamics. But this visualization should help clarify them. Let’s take a ping pong game. If we are playing without score, then after a round is over, everything goes back to normal with no change in the system, making it reversible. However, if we are keeping score, then after every round the number of points change forever, making this process non-reversible

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