## Conversions to joules?

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Tyra Nguyen 4H
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### Conversions to joules?

8.3 Air in a bicycle pump is compressed by pushing in the handle. If the inner diameter of the pump is 3.0 cm and the pump is depressed 20. cm with a pressure of 2.00 atm, (a) how much work is done in the compression? (b) Is the work positive or negative with respect to the air in the pump? (c) What is the change in internal energy of the system?

I did this problem and got the correct answer (28J), but as I redid it, I am getting 2.8 x 10-4 atm.m3. How do I convert these units to units of energy? I couldn't find anything on the equations and constants sheet.

Porus_Karwa_2E
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### Re: Conversions to joules?

m^3 is equal to about 1000 L so you'd need to do the conversion of that to give you atm x L. 101.325 atmXL is equal to 1 joule. I believe this conversion is somewhere on the formula sheet for 14B.

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### Re: Conversions to joules?

I think you were supposed to change the units earlier in the calculation to avoid this problem. It would be much easier to change the area of the cylinder, -141.37 cm ^, to L by dividing by 1000 ( since 1000 cm^3 make 1 L). Then when you found the work, it would be in L x atm, which can be changed into J by multiplying it by 101.325 J/(L x atm). This will cancel out L x atm and give you J.

Karishma_1G
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### Re: Conversions to joules?

There are two conversions you can use to get your answer in terms of energy (Joules). 1cm3 = 1L and 1 L x atm = 101.325 J. Hope this helps!

KHuang1L
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### Re: Conversions to joules?

The formula sheet has the unit conversion equation from L.atm to J. To convert cm^3 to L in your answer, the formula sheet also has the unit conversion equation from dm^3 to L.