begin mathsize 36px style W equals n. R. T. l n open parentheses V subscript 2 over V subscript 1 close parentheses end style

W= Work Done;  R =Universal Gas Constant ; T = Temperature ;  V, V2=Initial and Final Volume ,

n = number of Moles; 






Work done in a reversible expansion of gas or work destroyed (or work applied to) in an reversible compression of an ideal gas can be calculated using the above chemistry calculator. This can be equally considered as the maximum quantity of work produced in a multi-stage expansion of gas ( and the minimum work destroyed in a multi-stage compression).  This equation is only valid for ideal gas and this equation is valid if the temperature remains constant during the process of expansion or compresssion.           

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