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Homework Help: Specific Heats for Incompressible Fluids

  1. May 1, 2005 #1
    Given the following equation:

    Cp = Cv + R

    Where Cp is specific heat (constant pressure), Cv is specific heat (constant volume), and R is the universal gas constant.

    However, my book states that for an incompressible fluid, Cp = Cv.

    How can this be the case given the above equation? R is a constant for any given fluid, so why is is zero for an incompressible fluid?
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  3. May 1, 2005 #2
    Nevermind, I think I figured it out
  4. Oct 18, 2011 #3
    Can you explain to me what you figured out then (or someone)?
    I don't understand how the specific heat for an ICL is supposed to be determined.
  5. Oct 19, 2011 #4


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    The specific heat is usually provided for you in the problem statement, or in a table somewhere in the textbook.
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