# Ideal Gas Cycle

1. Oct 30, 2010

### mneox

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

How much heat is added over this cycle? During which processes?
What is the heat expelled from d to a?

2. Relevant equations

http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/6270/29494670.png [Broken]
(Goes clockwise, abcda)

3. The attempt at a solution

I'm just generally confused overall about this question. Is heat added in the processes which are going "forward"? So would heat only be added during processes a-b and b-c?

And would I use Q = dU + W to calculate the heat added for the processes?

For the 2nd question, for heat expelled, would I still just use Q = dU + W to find it?
So Q = nCvdT + pdV to find the heat expelled for process d to a.

Thanks for any clarification and help, I am really lost here.

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2. Oct 31, 2010

### mneox

Anyone?

3. Oct 31, 2010

### Redbelly98

Staff Emeritus
Hi. Yes, you would use Q = ΔU + W to get the heat added or expelled for each path segment. Q is positive for heat added, and negative when heat is expelled.

4. Oct 31, 2010

### Andrew Mason

How does the temperature at c compare to the temperature at b? Use that to determine the heat flow from b-c.

How is the net work done by the system related to the heat in and heat out?

AM