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Postby sharonvivianv » Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:56 pm

I'm doing 8.31 of the sixth edition and to calculate the Cp and Cv, the solutions manual uses R=8.314 J·K^-1·mol^-1 but writes the Cv and Cp in J·C^-1·mol^-1. How does that work???

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Re: HW Q

Postby Eshwar Venkat 1F » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:42 pm

With heat capacity problems, we're looking for the change in temperature. This means that as long as both temperature values are given in Celsius, there is no need to convert between Celsius and Kelvin and the value of the constant R can be plugged in as is.

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Re: HW Q

Postby Ethan Baurle 1A » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:47 pm

Basically, a change in, say, 10 degrees celsius is the same as a change in 10 Kelvin. So when you're using a value for change in temperature in the equation you can use celsius and Kelvin interchangeably.

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