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Jessica Jones 2B
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Postby Jessica Jones 2B » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:45 pm

I was under the impression that for a monoatomic gas, C= 3/2 * R, for a diatomic gas, C= 5/2 * R, and for a polyatomic gas, C= 7/2 * R, but in the solution manual polyatomic is 3* R. Could someone explain this?

Britney Alvey 1B
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Postby Britney Alvey 1B » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:14 am

The question asks for Cv. The Cv vaule for polyatomic gases is 3*R. The value 7/2*R is the Cp value for diatomic molecules. You can reference the table on page 281 in the book which lists the Cv and Cp values for ideal gases.

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