# Piston problem including force and work

jessiemay1993
The problem given says: A cylinder has a cross-sectional area of 0.02 m^2. How much work is done by a gas in the cylinder if the gas exerts a constant pressure of 7.8x10^5 Pa on the piston, moving it a distance of 0.06 m?

I figured I needed to find the work, but I didn't have the force.

So I tried the equation Pressure*Area=Force

Then to get work, I used the equation Force*distance=Work

For the force, I got 15600. I then plugged that into the second formula as force and got 936. I have a really strong feeling it's not correct. My answer choices are as followed: A. 6.5*10^2 J B. 9.4*10^2 J C. 6.5*10^8 J and D. 9.4*10^8 J

I'm really confused on this and would really appreciate the help. My teacher doesn't really teach us what we need to know. Just throws it up on the board, briefly talks about it and expects us to learn from that. So would someone also help me understand Thermodynamics? It would be greatly appreciated :]

Jessica

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Change you answer to scientific notation or the 4 choices to standard notation.

A. 6.5×102 J B. 9.4×102 J C. 6.5×108 J and D. 9.4×108 J

jessiemay1993
Wow! Thank you so much :]

gomunkul51
Also: d(Work) = pressure*d(volume) ;)

jessiemay1993
Also: d(Work) = pressure*d(volume) ;)

What??? Now I'm super confused Homework Helper
What??? Now I'm super confused Don't be confused. It just arithmetic:

$$W = F \times \Delta d = (P \times A) \times \Delta d = P \times (A \times \Delta d) = P \times (\Delta V)$$

where $\Delta V$ is the change in volume of the gas.

AM

gomunkul51
@jessiemay1993: if you want to be confused, take Engineering Thermodynamics ;)

Andrew Mason <--- what he said ;)

ashishsinghal
what answer you got was with the assumption that the pressure remains constant. but actually it does not as the pressure and volume are inter related. but since you have no initial value of he volume the assumption may be correct.

ashishsinghal
what equation gomunkul51 has written is the same as yours when keeping pressure constant. its just written in a different way. so no need to be confused