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Homework Help: Estimate the latent heat of water

  1. May 24, 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?

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    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 ΔS 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 25, 2015 #2


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    Why would ##\Delta S## be zero ?
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