# Isochoric and Isobaric (Ch.15 problem #26 Wiley+)

1. Homework Statement
Chapter 15, Problem 26

The drawing refers to 5.30 mol of a monatomic ideal gas and shows a process that has four steps, two isobaric (A to B, C to D) and two isochoric (B to C, D to A). (a) What is the work done from A to B? (b) What is the heat added or removed from B to C? (c) What is the change in internal energy from C to D? (d) What is the work done from D to A?

2. Homework Equations

W= nRT(Vf/Vi)

3. The Attempt at a Solution

W= 5.3mol * 8.31 * 800K *(Vf/Vi) this is where im stick I don't know how to find the volume. I tried using V=nRT/P but I don't know the pressure?

Thanks in advance, the homework is due tonight.
1. Homework Statement

2. Homework Equations

3. The Attempt at a Solution

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Hootenanny
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Welcome to PF trinot,
W= 5.3mol * 8.31 * 800K *(Vf/Vi) this is where im stick I don't know how to find the volume. I tried using V=nRT/P but I don't know the pressure?
No you don't know the actual value of the pressure, but you know that it remains constant throughout the process I am still not sure what to do, does this mean I can ignore it and just use V=nRT/P?

Thanks!

alphysicist
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Hi trinot,

I believe you are using the wrong equation for the work done by the gas. For an isothermal process the work done by a gas is

$$W = nRT \ln\left({\frac{V_f}{V_i}\right)$$

but these processes are not isothermal.

For an isochoric process the work done is zero; for an isobaric process the work done by the gas is

$$W= P (V_f - V_i)$$

Since you know n and T for all four points on the graph you can find the values of ($PV_f$) and ($PV_i$).