# Thermo: Need help finding T2 and V2 in an adiabat

## Homework Statement

1 mole of ideal gas initially at 294 K is compressed adiabatically and
reversibly from 0.83 atm to 10.0 atm. Calculate the initial and …final volumes,
the final temperature, $\Delta$U; $\Delta$H; Q; and W: Assume that Cv = (5/2)R

Given:

n = 1 mol
T1 = 294 K
P1 = 0.83 atm
P2 = 10 atm
Q = 0

Find
V1, V2, $\Delta$U, Q, $\Delta$H, T2, W

## Homework Equations

1. The professor gave that specific heat at constant volume is (5/2)R, however, the volume of the problem changes. Is this equation completely irrelevant to the problem?

2. How to you find the final temperature and final volume?

## The Attempt at a Solution

I started off with PV = nRT for the initial givens and obtained that V1 = 29.1 L

Now, I'm stuck. I've tried using the ideal gas equation again, but I have 2 unknowns. I tried rearranging the equation and setting it equal the initial equations. I know how to find the other unknowns, but I'm stuck at this part for some reason.

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## Homework Statement

1 mole of ideal gas initially at 294 K is compressed adiabatically and
reversibly from 0.83 atm to 10.0 atm. Calculate the initial and …final volumes,
the final temperature, $\Delta$U; $\Delta$H; Q; and W: Assume that Cv = (5/2)R

Given:

n = 1 mol
T1 = 294 K
P1 = 0.83 atm
P2 = 10 atm
Q = 0

Find
V1, V2, $\Delta$U, Q, $\Delta$H, T2, W

## Homework Equations

1. The professor gave that specific heat at constant volume is (5/2)R, however, the volume of the problem changes. Is this equation completely irrelevant to the problem?

2. How to you find the final temperature and final volume?

## The Attempt at a Solution

I started off with PV = nRT for the initial givens and obtained that V1 = 29.1 L

Now, I'm stuck. I've tried using the ideal gas equation again, but I have 2 unknowns. I tried rearranging the equation and setting it equal the initial equations. I know how to find the other unknowns, but I'm stuck at this part for some reason.
You need to use the adiabatic condition: $PV^\gamma = constant = K$ which can be rewritten: $TV^{\gamma-1} = K/nR = constant$

AM

I'm assuming that the constant K will remain the same for p1*v1 and p2*v2

If I set P1V1γ = K, then I can use that constant for P2V2γ and obtain the volume, correct?

Andrew Mason