Cp and Cv


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Victoria Luu - 1C
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Cp and Cv

Postby Victoria Luu - 1C » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:12 pm

When do you know to use Cp=5/2R and Cv=3/2 R for enthalpy calculations and entropy calculations?

Sydney Tay 2B
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Re: Cp and Cv

Postby Sydney Tay 2B » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:36 pm

You only really need to know these when solving for entropy. They're used for monatomic ideal gases for the equation deltaS = n*C*ln(T2/T1). The heat capacity changes depending on if pressure or volume is held constant.

Lia Inadomi 1I
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Re: Cp and Cv

Postby Lia Inadomi 1I » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:25 pm

Cp is for when there is constant pressure whereas Cv is when there is constant volume. Hope this helps!

Nico Edgar 4L
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Re: Cp and Cv

Postby Nico Edgar 4L » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:48 pm

Also since entropy is a state function, even if there is a volume change and a temperature change, we can still use Cv as we end up summing the two entropy changes. We assume that volume was constant over the temperature range so we can use Cv. See 4F11 in the 7th edition.

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