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Carnot cycle

  1. Nov 13, 2011 #1
    An ideal, monatomic gas is going through a 4 step Carnot cycle. Step 1 is an adiabatic expansion. Step 2 is an isothermal expansion. Step 3 is an adiabatic compression. Step 4 is an isothermal compression. The whole cycle is reversible. My question is how would the cycle change if step 1 is done against constant external pressure. Would the work be different?
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  3. Nov 14, 2011 #2


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    What would be the endpoint of that isobaric expansion?

    Last edited: Nov 14, 2011
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