Midterm Q4A  [ENDORSED]


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Midterm Q4A

Postby donnanguyen1d » Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:28 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 in this question you can assume constant P?

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Re: Midterm Q4A

Postby Ishan Saha 1L » Mon Feb 26, 2018 1:31 pm

Hi! I also made this same mistake and treated it as though pressure was not constant. The thing is that it is never explicitly states that the system is reversible, or that the external pressure matches the internal pressure. Therefore you can assume that pressure remains constant throughout the process.

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Re: Midterm Q4A  [ENDORSED]

Postby Matthew Lin 2C » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:11 pm

Yes this can be confusing because the problem did not explicitly state whether pressure was constant or not. However, I guessed that it was because it said that the EXTERNAL pressure was 0.5 atm and usually external pressure stays constant.

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Re: Midterm Q4A

Postby Jessica Nunez 1I » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:37 am

As mentioned, the key words, external pressure, helped me identify that pressure is constant.

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Re: Midterm Q4A

Postby Emily Glaser 1F » Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:05 pm

You can find the internal pressure of the system using the constants you were given. I did that on the test, and I found that the internal pressure of was not the same as the external pressure

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