(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

One mole of an ideal gas at an inital tempreature of 300K and pressure of 4 atm is carried through the following reversible cycle:

a) It expands isothermally until its volume is doubled.

b) It is compressed to its original volume at constant temperature.

c) It is compressed isothermally to a pressure of 4 atm.

d) It expands at constant pressure to its original volume

Make a plot of this cycle process on a PV diagram and calculate the work done by the gas per cycle.

2. Relevant equations

PV=nRT

PV/T = PV/T

W = -P(delta)V

H = 5/2RT

(delta)U = Q + W

3. The attempt at a solution

So I started off by finding the original volume.

V = nRT/P

V = (1 mole)(8.31 constant)(300 degrees Kelvin) / 4(1.013x10^5)

V = 0.0062 cubic meters.

Then for step (a), since it expands isothermally, PV must remain constant as well as T. W = P(delta)V. Since it's a constant, I can just multiply 4.013x10^5 by 0.0062. That gives me 2512.24 joules. It's positive because it's expanding.

This next part is where I get stuck. If the volume is compressed back to its original volume, that means pressure has to go back to its original as well since the temperature is constant, the number of moles can't change, and neither can a constant. What do I do for this step and the other 2?

Also, how would I draw the diagram?

Question 1: Is it correct to multiply 4 by 1.013x10^5 because our PV=nRT equation is not in atm and we need to convert it?

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# Homework Help: Pv=nrt and PV diagram

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