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Homework Help: Monoatomic Ideal Gas Process

  1. May 23, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Hi, this question is from Fundamentals of Physics 8th Edition:
    Figure 20-27 shows a reversible cycle through which 1.00 mole of a monatomic ideal gas is taken. Process bc is an adiabatic expansion, with pb = 5.20 atm and Vb = 4.80 x 10-3 m3. For the cycle, find (a) the energy added to the gas as heat, (b) the energy leaving the gas as heat, (c) the net work done by the gas, and (d) the efficiency of the cycle.

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    2. Relevant equations

    (Gamma)= 1.67 for monoatomic gas

    3. The attempt at a solution
    This may look a little weird because of the subscript and powers but i'll give it a go:
    Calculating Pressure at (a) and (c):
    Pf=1.6352e4 Pascals

    Calculating Work from c to a:

    I believe this is correct...

    Calculating temperature at (b) and (c):



    Calculating (Delta)Eint for process b to c:
    =-2851.757J --> I think this is where the problem lies.

    Calculating work for process b to c:
    (Delta)Eint=Q-W, as it is adiabatic Q=0 therefore (Delta)Eint=-W.

    As there is no work for the process a to b, this means that the net work done on the system is 3401.18J... Which is incorrect... I dont know the solution but i know that that answer is wrong... I tried a few other methods than the one above but i get the same answer and i am going crazy and in circles...

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  3. May 24, 2009 #2

    Andrew Mason

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    You can't do it this way. You have to integrate to find the area under the curve from c to a. It is not a rectangle.


    [tex]TV^{\gamma - 1} = K[/tex] to find the change in temperature from c to a. Since there is no added heat, you know that [itex]W = -\Delta U = -nCv\Delta T[/itex]

  4. May 24, 2009 #3
    But why is the work done from c to a not a rectangle? i mean Work is the area under the graph which for the line c to a is a rectangle. And how can we apply the Constant volume formulas when its not at a constant volume? Also how do we know there's no added heat?
    Last edited: May 24, 2009
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