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Problem 9.13

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:04 pm
by Gurvardaan Bal1L
For problem 9.13, why is R used instead of heat capacity for the entropy equation regarding temperature change?

Re: Problem 9.13

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:36 pm
by Wayland Leung
Yea i was also wondering why the heat capacity wasn't needed. Would we be wrong if we used the heat capacity?

Re: Problem 9.13

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:18 pm
by Nancy Dinh 2J
Gurvardaan Bal1L wrote:For problem 9.13, why is R used instead of heat capacity for the entropy equation regarding temperature change?


Heat capacity by definition is the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of a certain amount of substance by 1 kelvin. In the problem however, you're not raising or lowering the temperature because it is at a constant 85 degrees C. Therefore, you have no use for the formula delta S = n*C* ln(T2/T1), which is what I'm guessing you were thinking of.

Instead, use delta S=n*R*ln(V2/V1). You can see how they derived this equation on page 323.

Re: Problem 9.13

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:28 pm
by Cali Rauk1D
how do you know when to change it from T2/T1 to V2/V1?

Re: Problem 9.13

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:31 pm
by Christine Wastila 1H
9.13 is listed in the solution manual errors page on the class website. It should be C instead of R for calculating entropy change due to a change in temperature.