## Quick Carnot Engine Question

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A heat engine operates in a Carnot cycle between 80 degrees C and 350 degrees C. It absorbs 21,000 J of energy per cycle from the hot reservoir. a. THe duration of each cycle is 1s. What is the mechanical power output of the engine? b. How much energy does it expel in each cycle by heat?

3. The attempt at a solution

Part A

Ideal Carnot Efficiency= 1- Tc/Th= .7714

Power out=efficiency*power in

Part B

Wasted Energy=power in-power out

Is that the correct strategy to solve this problem?

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 Recognitions: Gold Member It sounds to me like the question is asking (in part b) for the Heat Transfer out of the system in which case you mat want to consider writing out the Energy Balance for a closed system. For part (a) if by "power in" you mean the net rate of heat transfer into the system, then yes, that is correct. But, strictly speaking, there is no "power in".

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