# Isothermal Expansion

1. Dec 5, 2004

### BlackMamba

Hello,

I have what should be an easy problem, but I, of course, am having some issues.

Here's the problem: The temperature of 2 moles if an ideal gas is 380 K. How much work does the gas do in expanding isothermally to 3 times its initial volume?

So I know I'm gonna to need to use this equation to find the work done:
$W = nRT ln (\frac{V_f}{V_i})$

I know that:

n = 2
R = 8.31
T = 380
Vi = (3)Vi
Vf = ?

I'm hung up on the volume portion of this problem. I don't have an initial or final volume and that's what I can't seem to work around. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Last edited: Dec 5, 2004
2. Dec 5, 2004

### tigger

Vi = Vi
Vf = 3 Vi
since it expands three times its initial volume

3. Dec 5, 2004

### manesh

plz correct vi=3.vi to be vf=3 vi, so now the problem is solved..

4. Dec 5, 2004

### omgitsroy326

W = nRTln(3)

(Vf/Vi ) = 3Vi/Vi = 3

5. Dec 6, 2004

### BlackMamba

Oh Lord. Something so simple that I couldn't put together. Thank you everyone for your reply. It is greatly appreciated. :)

6. Dec 14, 2004

### nvpraneeth

simple

:rofl:
vfinal=3vinitial