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Thermodynamics/ideal gas question

  1. Oct 15, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    ) An ideal monatomic gas is expanded from initial volume V1 = 1 L, P1 = 2 atm, and T1
    = 300K to a volume V2 = 2 L and P2 = 1 atm. The expansion is performed along along a
    straight line in the PV-diagram. It is then re-compressed isothermally to its original values
    completing the cycle for a type of heat engine.
    (a) Find the function P(V) describing the expansion.
    (b) Find the function T (V) during the expansion.
    (c) At which volume is the temperature a maximum Tmax and what is the volume Vm at this
    maximum temperature, Tmax?
    (d) What is the work done, the change in internal energy and the heat taken in during the
    temperature increase T to Tmax?
    (e) What are these values for the final part of the expansion Vm to V2?
    (f) Find the efficiency.



    2. Relevant equations

    PV=nRT

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I am currently stuck on a) and b). I am not sure how to write a function for these, and what equation to use. I assume that we use PV=nRT to derive a function but I have no idea what to do. It would be really helpful if you could give me an example of a similar question where you have to derive an equation to get the function

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Oct 15, 2012 #2

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    What is the equation of a straight line in a plane in general?

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  4. Oct 15, 2012 #3
    I'm not really sure what that means.

    Is it y=x or Ax+By+C=0?
     
  5. Oct 15, 2012 #4

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    Which one is more general?

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  6. Oct 15, 2012 #5
    ax+by+c=0
     
  7. Oct 15, 2012 #6

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    The volume V corresponds to x and the pressure P corresponds to y. And you know two points of the line aV+bP+C=0: (V1,P1)=1,2 and (V2,P2)=(2,1). Find the constants a,b,c.
     
  8. Oct 16, 2012 #7
    sorry i am a bit confused as to where you get V corresponding to x and what the equation of the straight line has to do with this question. Can you explain what formula I use and why?
     
  9. Oct 16, 2012 #8

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    read the problem:
    In the P-V diagram,the equation of a straight line is aV+bP+c=0.

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