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Estimate the latent heat of water with Van der Waals

  1. May 22, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Try to estimate the latent heat of vaporization of water and nitrogen using the Van der Waals model. What happens?

    2. Relevant equations

    $$\Delta Q = T\Delta S=L$$
    $$S=nR\left[ \ln\left(\frac{(V-nb)T^{3/2}}{n\Phi}\right)+\frac{5}{2} \right]$$

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I predict the latent heat of vaporization of water will be wrongly approximated by the Van der Waals model. By looking at the equation for entropy I think the ##\Delta S## is going to be zero, so the latent heat would be zero also. But I am not sure if I am looking at the problem in the wrong way.
     
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  3. May 27, 2015 #2
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  4. May 28, 2015 #3

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    Hi me,
    I had already replied with : why do you think ##\Delta S = 0 ## ?

    didn't come across ?
     
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