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Re: [Phys-l] Reversible versus quasi-static processes (was Re: PV question)

One (supposed) 'great thing' about the Wikipedia is that it is open for editing (improvement) by those who posses the knowledge to do so.

There are, unfortunately, a few 'controversial' topics that are moderated to prevent 'malicious' editing but I doubt that much physics content falls into this category.

I hope that some improvement to the Wikipedia will article will result from this discourse.
Making changes is really quite straightforward.

At 10:43 AM -0800 1/24/10, John Mallinckrodt wrote:

For instance, Wikipedia, defines a reversible process as
"a process that can be "reversed" by means of infinitesimal changes in some property of the system without loss or dissipation of energy."

I take issue with this definition because it suggests that there are
processes in which energy is "lost."