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Adiabatic Processes

  1. Nov 6, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    2 moles of Carbon monoxide gas start at a pressure of 1.2 atm and a volume of 30 litres. The gas is then compressed adiabatically to 1/3 this volume. Assume that the gas may be treated as ideal. What is the change in the internal energy of the gas? Does the internal energy increase or decrease? Does the temperature increase or decrease?

    2. Relevant equations


    W=nC_v dT=nR/(γ-1)(T_2-T_1)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    The equation for the work done can be re-arranged to give:

    (P_1 V_1-P_2 V_2)/(γ-1)

    Then, using the equation that PV^γ=constant,

    This equation can be "complified" to give:
    (P_1 V_1)/(γ-1)[1-〖(V_1/V_2 )〗^(γ-1)

    Substituting the values gives: -5032.41775J

    The answer given at the back is -5100J.
    Can someone please help identify where I went wrong?
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  3. Nov 6, 2007 #2


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    That seems pretty close, but I haven't checked the formulas. It could be rounding matter somewhere, but there are not values to check.
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