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## Homework Statement

A cylinder, A, containing a monatomic ideal gas, is fitted with a frictionless leakfree

piston. The axis of the cylinder is oriented vertically, as in the figure below,

so that the weight of the piston maintains the gas at a constant pressure P

_{0}. The

cylinder is linked to an evacuated vessel, B, by a thin capillary tube. Initially the

valve, V, shown in the figure, is closed and the temperature of the gas is T

_{0}. Both

A and B are adiabatically isolated from their surroundings, and heat conduction

along the capillary can be ignored.

The value, V, is opened and the gas is admitted to B. The system slowly adjusts

to a new state of equilibrium, and the final pressure is P

_{0}. Show that the

equilibrium temperature of the gas in B is (5/3)T

_{0}.

Figure attached.

## Homework Equations

If f is the quadratic degrees of freedom:

PV = nRT

PV

^{k}= constant where k = 1 + 2/f

[tex]\Delta[/tex]U = Q + W

U = (1/2)*fnRT

VT

^{f/2}= constant

## The Attempt at a Solution

I know f=3 because its monoatomic and Q=0 because its adiabatic.

I thought that the lowering of the piston in A is quasistatic so the above equations all apply but gas entering B is not quasistatic so we can only worry about its final equilibrium state.

The piston lowering is doing work on the gas increasing its energy by W= -P[tex]\Delta[/tex]V.

I'm thinking that the only way to get the final temp in B is by using U = (1/2)*fnRT but I cant seem to make the connection between what happens in A and B.

I thought that if I found the energy in A initially, U

_{A,i}= (1/2)*fnRT

_{0}, and added the work done I could have the final energy in the system and then somehow relate this to B.

## Homework Statement

## Homework Equations

## The Attempt at a Solution

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