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Homework Help: Ideal gas temperature/pressure/volume problem

  1. Sep 25, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A mass of gas at an initial pressure of 38 bar, and with an internal energy of 1400kJ, is contained in a perfecty insulaed cylinder of volume 0.06 meters cubed. the gas is allowed to expand behind a piston until its internal energy is 1300kJ. the law of expansions is PV^1.8=C. find:
    work done
    the final volume
    the final pressure

    2. Relevant equations
    Uinital + Q = U final + W
    W = (PiVi - PfVf)/(n-1)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Ui - Uf = W - Q
    1400-1300= W - 0
    1000 = W
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  3. Sep 27, 2014 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Your equation for the work is not correct. The work of the gas when it expands from volume Vi to volume Vf is equal to the integral [tex] W=\int _{V_i}^{V_f}{PdV}[/tex]

    In case of this gas, [tex]P = \frac{P_iV_i^{1.8}}{V^{1.8} }[/tex]

    1400-1300=100 kJ

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