# Thermodynamics of a Single-Component Ideal Gas

## Homework Statement

In all calculations, take R = 8.31 J/m-K. Use the Sackur-Tetrode equation with N replaced by n and K replaced by R to calculate the changes in entropy. Also, assume that these processes are quasi-static so that the ideal gas law and the first law apply at all times. Consider an ideal gas in a container with initial state variables (P0, V0, T0, n0). Here, P = pressure, T = temperature in Kelvin, n = # of moles, and V = volume.

A.) Assume that an amount Q of heat energy flows into the system, which is free to expand in an isobaric process. Calculate the symbolic change in entropy of the system.

B.) Let n = 5.0, P0 = 3000 Pa, V0 = 3.0L, T0 = 206.6 K, and Q = 200 J. Calculate the magnitude of the change in entropy.

C.) Now assume that Q = 0 and the system undergoes an isobaric adiabatic expansion where the new volume is Vf = 3.23 L. Calculate the change in entropy.

## Homework Equations

Sackur-Tetrode equation:

S = Nk [ ln( V/N ( 4*pi*m*U / 3*N*h^2)^(3/2) ) + 5/2]

## The Attempt at a Solution

A.) For this part, there was some really useful detailed information regarding this situation in my textbook ("An Introduction to Thermal Physics" by Daniel V. Schroeder) which gives the following:

ΔSp = ∫(Cp/T)dT

I know that, for monatomic ideal gasses, CV = (3/2)nR. Additionally:

Cp = CV + nR = (5/2)nR

Thus, ΔSp = (5/2)nR * ∫(dT/T) from Ti to Tf. This is a pretty trivial integral which reduces to:

(5/2)nR*ln(Tf / Ti)

Which is my answer. (Slightly tentative on this one since it doesn't use the Sackur-Tetrode equation at all, but other online sources from various institutions and thermodynamics instructional videos on YouTube seem to agree with that answer.)

B.) For this part, I found myself rather stuck for a while since the Sackur-Tetrode equation contains a mass term in the expression, but my professor didn't include any mass value for this question. (Possibly an oversight on his part?)

My thought was to use a work-around using the expression I found in part A. The only thing I'd need to find is the final temperature in order to utilize that equation. Here was my attempt:

Q = (5/2)nRΔT for an isobaric process. Using the value I've been given for the heat and initial temperature:

200 J = (5/2)nR(Tf - Ti) = (5/2)nR*Tf - (5/2)nR*Ti

Solving algebraically for Tf:

Tf = (200 J * (5/2) * 5 mol * 8.31 J/mol*K * 206.6 K)/( (5/2) * 5 mol * 8.31 J/mol*K) ≅ 208.5 K

So,

ΔS = (5/2)(5 mol)(8.31 J/mol*K) * ln( 208.5K / 206.6 K) ≅ 0.96 J/K

C.) For this part, again, no mass is provided somehow so using the Sackur-Tetrode equation seemed impossible. Like in part A and B, I thought I'd continue with my work-around strategy by finding the "new" Tf once the gas had expanded to 3.23 L.

Since I was explicitly told that the first law holds at all times in these situations, I thought I'd use that to get the new temperature, which should be lower than the previous temperature due to the expansion of the gas.
i.e. dU = - dWby gas

Thus,

(3/2)nRΔT = -PΔV

(3/2)nR(Tf - Ti) = -P(Vf - Vi)

Solving algebraically for Tf:

Tf = [-3000 Pa * (3.23L - 3.0 L) + (3/2)(5 mol)(8.31 J/mol*K)(208.5 K)] / [(3/2)(5mol)(8.31 J/mol*K)]

≅ 197.5 K

Using this value:

ΔS = (5/2)(5 mol)(8.31 J/mol*K)*ln(197.5 K / 208.5 K) ≅ -5.67 J/K

I don't think this can be correct, since entropy always has to be greater than or equal to zero. I think this plays into the fact that I didn't use the Sackur-Tetrode equation, but again, there was no mass given which seems essential to calculating the entropy with that expression.

Is there anyone familiar with this content that could comment on this? Thank you very much for your assistance.