# Change In Internal Energy Of An Ideal Gas

1. Dec 5, 2015

### Searay330

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An ideal gas is compressed from a volume of Vi = 4.50 L to a volume of Vf = 3.00 L while in thermal contact with a heat reservoir at T = 295 K as in the figure below. During the compression process, the piston moves down a distance of d = 0.120 m under the action of an average external force of F = 21.0 kN.

(a) Find the work done on the gas, I Solved That its 2.5KJ.

ideal gas is PV = nRt
work done is W = F(yf - yi)
so work is W = 21000N*(.120m)
W = 2520J or 2.5 KJ

(b) Find the change in internal energy of the gas.

(c) Find the thermal energy exchanged between the gas and the reservoir.

i tried to solve b and c but with no pressure or moles i have no formula that can get me the change in internal energy.

for b the change is internal energy is given by: U = Q + W
i have the W as 2.5kJ but i am still Missing Q the energy transferred to the Gas by Heat

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2. Dec 5, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

Don't you have an equation for the internal energy of an ideal gas?

3. Dec 5, 2015

### Searay330

yes its (3/2)nR(tf - ti)
but i dont have moles and i cant get them from the ideal gas law because i dont have the pressure
and i cant get it from the W = PAChangeinY because i dont have A

4. Dec 5, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

I had missed that you didn't have the number of moles. Could you make some assumption, like that the system is initially at atmospheric pressure?

5. Dec 5, 2015

### Searay330

im not sure that is the whole question but for the sake of learning to do this problem i can

so if i assume that the pressure is 101325PA then
101325PA * .0045 m3 = n8.31T where t is still unknown

6. Dec 5, 2015

7. Dec 5, 2015

### Searay330

so because it is contact with the heat reservoir it can be assumed that it is at the temperature always?

8. Dec 5, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

Yes. That's in essence the definition of a "reservoir."

9. Dec 5, 2015

### Searay330

so that means that 101325PA * .0045 m3 = n8.31(273K)
gives n = .185
then (3/2)(.185)*8.31*295 = 683.94
but because the temperature never changes does that still hold ?
allowing me to solve it all again with vf and then subtract both finding the answer

10. Dec 5, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

Sorry, I'm slow tonight. I just realized that you are asked for the change in internal energy. So what happens when you calculate ΔU = (3/2)nR(Tf- Ti)? Hint: you don't need to know n.

11. Dec 5, 2015

### Searay330

i am not sure because if it is contact with the heat reservoir that would that mean that temperature doesn't change and it would be 0

12. Dec 5, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

Exactly, the internal energy of the gas doesn't change.

13. Dec 5, 2015

### Searay330

Right so if the internal energy doesn't change that means that for part c Q = W or 2.5KJ

Thank you very much for your help

14. Dec 5, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

Your welcome. And sorry again, that should've been quicker.

15. Dec 6, 2015

### Staff: Mentor

Not exactly. It means that the temperature of the gas in the final thermodynamic equilibrium state of the system (295) is the same as in the initial thermodynamic equilibrium state of the system (295). During the transition from the initial thermodynamic equilibrium state to the final thermodynamic equilibrium state, the temperature of the gas does not have to be uniform at 295 throughout. In fact, even the average temperature of the gas can differ from 295 during the transition.

Chet