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Homework Help: Can someone tell me which is wright which is wrong answer?

  1. Apr 16, 2007 #1
    A cylinder is close at both ends and has insulating walls. It is divided into two compartments by a perfectly insulating partition that is perpendicular to the axis of the cylinder. Each compartment contains 1.00 mol of oxygen, which behaves as an ideal gas with γ=7/5. Initially the two compartments have equals volumes, and their temperatures are 550k and 250k. The partition is then allowed to move slowly until the pressure on its two sides are equal. Find the final temperatures in the two compartments.

    Let P1 be the initial pressure in 1st compartment
    P2 be the final pressure in 1st compartment
    P3 be the initial pressure n 2nd compartment
    P4 be the final pressure in 2nd compartment
    V1 be the initial volume in 1st compartment
    V3 be the initial volume in 2nd compartment
    T1 be the initial temperature in 1st compartment
    T2 be the final temperature in 1st compartment
    T3 be the initial temperature in 2nd compartment
    T4 be the final temperature in 2nd compartment
    X be the length of the cylinder
    Y is the distance move by the partition and is an unknown which must be find and in
    the range from 0X to 0.5X

    Solving the equation 1 and 2
    P1V1γ=P2V2γ -1

    Will get the ration V2=1.756V4 or T2=1.756T4
    Than consider the length of the whole compartment be X since initially two compartment same volume, the partition divide the cylinder into 0.5X at both side and consider the distance move by the cylinder be Y. since the partition will move to the right, the volume of the 1st compartment when the partition stop is (0.5X+YX)A where A is the cross section of the partition and for the 2nd compartment will be (0.5X-YX)A solve (0.5X+YX)A=(0.5X-YX)A will get Y=0.137 and use T1V1γ-1=T2V2γ-1 will get T2=499K and T4=284K


    Let ∆T=T2+T4-800
    Differentiate this equation
    When d∆T=0

    But answer given
    Since the work done by the adiabatically expanding gas is equal and opposite to the work done by the adiabatically compress gas.


    And substitute T2=1.756T4 into the equation will get T2=510K and T4=290K

    Is this method correct? I just think that this is wrong because from my calculation the partition will continue moving forward a bit when it reach the same pressure but this is contradict with thermodynamic law which state that partition will stop immediately when both the compartment reach the same pressure.

    And I think that to find the distance move by the partition until it stop, should be consider this way.

    Partition stop when ∆T=0
    And solve the equation
    To get the value of Y
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