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College Physics (Urone)
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Short Answer

A real process may be nearly adiabatic if it occurs over a very short time. How does the short time span help the process to be adiabatic?

Because of the very short duration in which the process takes place, the heat does not get enough time to enter the system, thus the process is adiabatic.

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· When the system does not exchange heat with its surroundings it is known as the adiabatic process. It happens in two ways.

· The First one is that the system must be insulated so well that the heat transfer is negligible.

· Second way is that you can make the process so fast that it won't have much time to transfer heat from its environment.

· A well-insulated system results in a faster adiabatic process. An adiabatic process is characterized by an increase in entropy or degree.

· Transmission of heat from surroundings takes time. So if the changes of the system occur suddenly then there may not be enough time for the transmission of heat.

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