Midterm Q4A


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Yea Eun Lee 1H
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Midterm Q4A

Postby Yea Eun Lee 1H » Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:56 pm

A piston containing 0.10 mol of nitrogen gas at 298 K has an initial volume of 2.24 L and
undergoes an expansion against 0.5 atm external pressure until its volume doubles.
Calculate the work involved in Joules.

How come for this problem we don't use the equation -nRT ln V2/V1?

Kyle Sheu 1C
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Re: Midterm Q4A

Postby Kyle Sheu 1C » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:16 pm

That would be because the -nRTlnV2/V1 equation is used for reversible, isothermal expansion; because the problem describes expansion against a constant, external pressure of 0.5 atm, we'd use w = -PexdeltaV

Hope this helps!

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Re: Midterm Q4A

Postby lizzygaines1D » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:16 pm

yeah just to add on and clarify because this problem was tricky and there was info given that you didn't need. the external pressure never changed throughout the reaction.

Mishta Stanislaus 1H
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Re: Midterm Q4A

Postby Mishta Stanislaus 1H » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:07 pm

Because the external pressure was constant the process was irreversible, and that equation is for reversible processes.

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