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Homework Help: Thermodynamics gas problem

  1. Dec 5, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A gas is enclosed in a cylinder fitted with a light frictionless piston and maintained at atmospheric pressure. When 1400 kcal of heat is added to the gas, the volume is observed to increase slowly from 12.0 m3 to 17.7 m3. Calculate the following
    (a) work done by the gas ____ J
    (b) change in internal energy of the gas ____ J

    2. Relevant equations
    (delta)U = Q - W

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I tried to convert 1400 kcal to J and plug it into the problem, but it appears that I have two unknown variables and I'm not really sure where to go from here.
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 5, 2007 #2
    The work on a isobaric process (since the piston is free to move without friction) is given by the equation W = P.[tex]\Delta[/tex]V
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