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Can I reverse the PdV integral for work?

  1. Jan 21, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I have a problem where I know P1, P2, V1, and molecular mass. I do not know total mass, final volume, temperature 1 or temperature 2, or the work. I also know that P = 40V^2 + 20

    Can I reverse the W = ∫PdV equation into the form W = ∫V dP? Because I could just solve the equation for V = sqrt(P/40 - 1/2) and integrate that. Can I do this?

    2. Relevant equations
    W = ∫PdV

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Qdot - Wdot = mdot ((u2 + v^2/2 + gz2) - (u1 + v^2/2 +gz1))
    no heat transfer, constant mass, no change in altitude, no velocity. The system is being compressed.
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  3. Jan 21, 2013 #2


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    Not quite. Integration by parts: ##\int_a^by.dx + \int_{y(a)}^{y(b)}x.dy = [xy]_{x=a}^{x=b}##
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