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Homework Help: Piston/cylinder expands polytropically

  1. Feb 17, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A piston/cylinder contains helium at 500 K and 1200 kPa. It expands polytropically with n=1.667 to a pressure of 100 kPa. Find the final temperature, the specific work and specific heat transfer in the process

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution


    I'm trying to plug that into this equation (P1*V1^n=P2*V2^n) to find P or T but I can't since I don't have enough data to use it.

    I only have intensive information to work with. Can I assume that this is an ideal gas or should I look for the stage it is in? What am I doing wrong?
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  3. Feb 17, 2010 #2


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    [tex]\frac{P_1 V_1}{T_1}=\frac{P_2 V_2}{T_2}[/tex]

    make V1 the subject and then sub that into P1V1n=P2V2n

    You should then get an equation involving P1,P2,T1,T2 and n
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