Cp or Cv in temperature change

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Abigail Urbina 1K
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Cp or Cv in temperature change

Postby Abigail Urbina 1K » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:09 pm

When there is a temperature change and we are being asked to solve for delta S, how do we know whether to use Cp or Cv?

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Re: Cp or Cv in temperature change

Postby Rachel Lu_dis1H » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:29 pm

When there are two variables changing like Temperature and Pressure, you would hold the other constant when solving for Delta S when theres change in temp (using equation deltaS=nCpln(T2/T1)
If the two variables are Temperature and Volume you would use the equation deltaS=nCvln(T2/T1)

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Re: Cp or Cv in temperature change

Postby allyz1F » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:27 pm

An easier way to think of it might be that whatever condition is constant is the specific heat used, so if volume is the only variable of the three not changing, you would use Cv in the deltaS equation.

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Re: Cp or Cv in temperature change

Postby Pooja Nair 1C » Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:41 am

Based on what information is given, you can tell which variable is staying constant and then accordingly use either Cp or Cv


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